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Our nation continues to get the bills for Donald Trump’s ever-open mouth, and the sticker price for his xenophobic frothing continues to be quite high, indeed.
Travel to the U.S. has been on the decline ever since President Donald Trump took office, and new data shows the slump translates to a cost of $4.6 billion in lost spending and 40,000 jobs.
The latest data from the National Travel and Tourism Office shows a 3.3 percent drop in travel spending and a 4 percent decline in inbound travel.
The downturn has also caused America to lose its spot as the world’s second-most popular destination for foreign travel, ceding to Spain. (France is in first place).
Donald Trump could have funded a goodly part of his border wall for $4.6 billion, and he’d have to visit a maybe-closing-maybe-not factory every hour of every day of his administration, including the golf days, to make a dent in a loss of 40,000 jobs. And this is just the Asshole Tax: the repercussions in the travel industry due solely to Donald Trump not being able to control himself from making racist or xenophobic or just-plain-humiliating statements against the residents of every last country on Earth.
U.S. News and World Report notes that the U.S. has dropped in the “Best Country” rankings to eighth, “fueled by the world’s perceptions of the country becoming less progressive and trustworthy,” so it’s likely that next year’s economic costs will be even worse.