Vice President Mike Pence visits Indianapolis Colts game last season was a brief one.
After several members of the San Francisco 49ers, during the National Anthem, Pence and his delegation immediately left the stage – and left taxpayers on the hook for the tab.
Pence could not watch the NFL game.
Pence, the former governor of Indiana,
Pence, the former president of Indiana , said he had planned the trip because of a pregame tribute to Colt's quarterback Peyton Manning. However, he said he left before kickoff because of 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.
In addition to the cost of Pence's flight on Air Force Two, additional security measures were ordered in conjunction with the vice president's visit, including the construction of temporary walkways in downtown Indianapolis.
However, the dates on the newly released (and as the Huffington Post notes, heavily redacted) documents were ordered the Friday before the game.
Pence's staff so informed reporters before the game that the vice president "may depart the game early."
The additional Secret Service expenses totaled $ 75,000, the Huffington Post reported. Last year, The Washington Post estimated the cost of the flight on Air Force Two was roughly $ 250,000.