Yes it's a stupid political stunt
No, the government really cannot afford White tours anymore
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Yes it's a political stunt. The talk about White Tours even though the staff has not been fired or laid off and their have been several millionaires willing to fund the tours but all the awhile the White House doesn't talk about the cutting of Tuition Assistance to the active duty military.
GARY JOHNSON 2016