Hillary Clinton and President Obama will be campaigning together this week in the purple state of North Carolina. Clinton will be accompanying Obama on Air Force One for the trip, much to the chagrin of her opponent Donald Trump. “Who pays?” he asked yesterday on Twitter.
Most of the time when a President stumps for his replacement they will combine it with other official events so that the cost of travel is covered by the taxpayer. Since this trip is solely for the purpose of campaigning with Hillary Clinton, the Clinton campaign must pay for at least some of the costs of the trip. Since there is not an official component of the trip, the Clinton organization would be paying for some portion of the trip whether Clinton was aboard or not.
“As in other Administrations, we follow all rules and regulations to ensure that the DNC or other relevant political committee pays what is required for the President to travel to political events,” the White House said in a statement.
How much exactly the split will be has not been released, and likely will not be released. Air Force One costs more than $200,000 per hour to operate, and it is unlikely that the Clinton campaign can afford those kind of travel expenses. It is not unusual for a sitting President to campaign for his replacement, and the algebra of payment for use of Air Force One has long been a White House secret, not just the Obama administration.