House democrats demand that the secret service releases the coupons afterwards The Washington Post reported that the Trump organization has charged the US government $ 650 per night to stay in 2017 at President Mar-a-Lago’s property.
House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney and committee member, Rep. Jackie Speier send a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray Wednesday, who requested records regarding these “exorbitant charges.”
The letter refers to the story of Washington Post and a report from the Government Accountability Office which found that federal agencies spend $ 13.6 million in tax money on just four trips to Mar-a-Lago during President Trump’s first year of office.
The Washington Post has dug up records indicating that the secret service paid $ 650 per night to stay in President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort while he guarded the president in 2017, his first year in office
President Trump is seen leaving his Mar-a-Lago resort for an event in Miami during his Florida vacation during the holidays. A spokesperson for the Trump organization would not tell the newspaper what the secret service is currently paying to stay at the Palm Beach property
President Trump has named his seaside Palm Beach resort the “Winter White House,” and spent Christmas and New Year on the property
President Trump was photographed when he arrived in Morristown, New Jersey last year to spend time at his resort in Bedminster. He often spends weekends there because Mar-a-Lago is closed during the summer months
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, together with Rep. Jackie Speier wrote a letter to the head of the secret service requesting documents regarding the money that the agency had spent on President Trump’s property. Maloney is chairman of the House Oversight Committee
The Democrats pointed to comments from Eric Trump (left) in October when he said that the secret service essentially remains ‘free’ with Trump
The Washington Post also discovered that the secret service had been charged $ 17,000 in 2017 for a monthly rent of a cottage on the grounds of the President of Bedminster, New Jersey golf club
Police and secret service guard the exterior of Mar-a-Lago. The Washington Post discovered that taxpayers had to pay more than $ 650 a night to home agents on the Palm Beach site in 2017
Maloney and Speier also pointed out an interview with Yahoo Finance with Eric Trump from October, in which the first son and executive vice president of the Trump organization said that agents of the secret service “stay” with the president for free.
“When my father travels, they stay at our house for free,” said young Trump. “So wherever he goes, if he stays in one of his places, the government actually spends money, meaning it saves a fortune, because if they went to a hotel across the street, they would pay them $ 500 a night while you know we charge them like $ 50. ”
The message was found instead dozens of authorities in 2017 when the secret service was charged $ 650 per night to stay in Mar-a-Lago next to Trump.
In 2018, the secret service was charged dozens of times a lower rate of $ 396.15, the newspaper found.
A company spokesperson told The Post that the Trump organization does not charge the secret service $ 650 a night, but would not say that the rate is that the president’s security information was charged in the past.
The secret service was also billed $ 17,000 per month in 2017 to use a three-bedroom cottage on the grounds of the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, the property of New Jersey that the president often visits during summer weekends when Mar-a -Lago is closed.
De Post discovered that Trump’s company billed the government on days when Trump was not present.
The spokesperson for the Trump organization said the rented house contains “multiple rooms and” [includes] many common areas. ”
In general, The Post felt that the US government was charged $ 471,000 for secret service to stay with Trump, but the record is in no way complete.
Eric Trump, who responded to newspaper reports earlier this month, said, “We offer the rooms at cost and can earn much more money to rent them to members or guests.”
He did not tell the newspaper what the Trump organization was currently charging the secret service.
In the letter, Democrats point out that the GAO also found that the secret service “did not consistently report its costs” as required by law.
“Paying rates far above government rates and the Trump administration’s lack of transparency raises serious concerns about the use of taxpayer dollars and raises questions about government spending on other Trump properties,” wrote Maloney and Speier.
“This concern is increasing because President Trump has spent a third of his presidency in his private clubs and hotels, and his finance minister has tried to protect the costs of the secret service from public investigation,” the two democratic legislators added.