Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to an Indianapolis Colts game last season was a brief one.
After several members of the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the national anthem, Pence and his delegation immediately left the stadium — and left taxpayers on the hook for the tab.
A report published Saturday by the Huffington Post cites newly released documents from the Department of Homeland Security that estimate the cost of Pence’s visit — including hotel, travel and additional security measures — of at least $325,000.
All so Pence could not watch an NFL game.
The documents, according to Huffington Post, also indicate the vice president’s early departure was premeditated.
Pence, the former governor of Indiana, said he planned the trip well in advance because of a pregame tribute to former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. However, he said he left before kickoff because he was offended by the Niners players kneeling during the anthem.
“I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag or our National Anthem,” he tweeted.
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Source: USA Today