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Trump complained the Mueller probe has cost $17 million. He's spent more on trips to Mar-a-Lago.

President Trump watched Fox & Friends Saturday morning and tweeted out part of the show's report that, per Justice Department data released earlier this week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling efforts has cost taxpayers about $16.7 million so far.

That's certainly not chump change — but it's also less than Trump himself has spent on his frequent weekend visits to the 'Winter White House," his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

As The Hill notes, analyses from The Washington Post and Politico put the cost of each trip between $1 million and $3 million. At the low end, an estimate of $1 million includes the price of Secret Service protection and travel costs for Air Force One, but excludes additional costs like Coast Guard patrols and transport of presidential limousines.

Trump traveled to Mar-a-Lago 17 times between his inauguration and April of this year, so even using the $1 million figure, his weekend resort trips have been more expensive for taxpayers than the entire investigation.