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No free trip for Chelsea's pals

Published Oct. 9, 2005

Taxpayers won't pay for Chelsea Clinton and her friends if President Clinton decides to take them with him to Tokyo, Korea and Hawaii next month, the White House says.

Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers said Friday it hadn't been decided whether Chelsea and three of her teenage friends, as well as Clinton's mother-in-law, would accompany the first couple to Tokyo on July 5.

The Clintons plan to attend the annual summit of industrialized nations and then stop in South Korea. The entourage also is expected to spend a few days in Hawaii on the way home.

Traditionally, presidents are allowed as many official guests as they want on Air Force One. But the Clinton friends would pay their own hotel, food and ground transportation costs, Myers said.