Vice President Mike Pence’s recent trip to a National Football League (NFL) game in Indianapolis cost an estimated $242,500, according to CNN.
CNN on Monday reported that its approximation of Pence’s travel costs the day before did not include advance personnel, Secret Service protection or ground support.
The model of plane used for Air Force 2 is a C-32, according to the Air Force, a craft which costs approximately $30,000 to fly for an hour.
Pence’s flight from Las Vegas to Indianapolis Saturday lasted about three hours and 20 minutes for a cost of roughly $100,000.
The vice president’s flight from Indianapolis to Los Angeles the following day took about four hours and 45 minutes, costing around $142,500 for an estimated total of $242,500.
Some Twitter users on Sunday and Monday criticized Pence for spending money to attend and then abruptly leave a NFL contest the day before.
CNN reported that some of Pence’s flight to Los Angeles would be reimbursed by the Republican National Committee (RNC) as he attended a political event there.
The network additionally reported that Pence would have flown for about 90 minutes from Las Vegas to Los Angeles for roughly $45,000.
Pence left Sunday’s tilt between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers after several of the latter team’s players knelt during the national anthem.
“I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” he said in a statement.
Scores of NFL coaches, executives and players have knelt during the national anthem since Trump derided the practice last month.
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began performing the gesture in 2016 to protest police treatment of America’s minorities.