The Secret Service spends nearly $35,000 to rent portable toilets at Donald Trump’s Bedminster Golf Club, where the former president spends the summer.
Federal Purchasing Data Seen By The everyday beast shows a contract from May 24 to September 30 of rental costs of $8,500 per month.
The toilets will be supplied in the coming months by Imperial Restrooms of Saugerties, New York.
The Secret Service spends nearly $35,000 to rent portable toilets at Donald Trump’s Bedminster golf club, where the former president spends the summer (pictured last week on his way to his New Jersey home)
Trump moved from his winter residence Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, to his golf club in New Jersey last week (pictured)
Trump moved last week from his winter residence Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, to his golf club in New Jersey.
It comes just days after it was revealed that Trump has charged the Secret Service $396.15 a night to rent a room at his Mar-a-Lago resort that they use as an office.
The Washington Post achieved Secret Service spending data showed taxpayers have already paid $40,011.15 to keep agents close to Trump from Jan. 20 to April 30 this year.
The $396.15 per night rate is the same amount Trump charged the agency as president, and the Secret Service is now renting fewer rooms, the documents show.
However, because Trump now lives in Mar-a-Lago, the Secret Service has paid the private club in Florida almost as much this spring as it did during the same period in 2018 or 2019, rather than spending only weekends and holidays there, according to The Post. . .
Federal procurement data shows a contract from May 24 to September 30 with rental costs of $8,500 per month during his stay in Bedminster (pictured)
Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Washington’s Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics watchdog group and former federal prosecutor, said: “Even now, taxpayers continue to spend many thousands of dollars to facilitate Donald Trump’s businesses.
“He is of course entitled to protection, but from the start it is about his progress and convenience, not what is good for the country.
“Forcing payers to spend all this money on porta potties at a company that certainly has enough bathrooms is confusing.”
David Williams, the chairman of the DC-based Taxpayers Protection Alliance, called the set-up a “double whammy” for taxpayers, who pay Secret Service agents’ salaries and where to stay.
“It’s important for former presidents to be protected, but there’s no reason President Trump can’t give them free shelter,” Williams told DailyMail.com. “As the owner of Mar-A-Lago, Trump has the opportunity to waive all costs associated with their housing, especially given that he was a president who said he cared about taxpayers and the fiscal well-being of the country. country.’
Former President Donald Trump is pictured in the Mar-a-Lago ballroom on April 17. He has continued the practice of making the Secret Service pay for the use of a room at his private Palm Beach resort
President Donald Trump moved to Mar-a-Lago in January. In May, he moved to his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey for the warmer months. Neither the Secret Service nor the Trump Organization would say whether the Secret Service would be charged rent in Bedminster
“This one act alone won’t solve the deficit crisis, but it will be symbolic that the president is doing his part to curb spending at least a little bit,” Williams added.
“It’s tacky,” Jeffrey Engel, the head of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, told The Post. Just because you can make money doesn’t mean you have to make money. And especially if you have a situation where you are an ex-president. You’re not going to starve.’
Unlike when presidents are in office, ex-presidents have few restrictions on how they can make money.
Forbes estimates Trump is worth $2.4 billion.
The Post also noted that there is no precedent on Trump’s scale of president or ex-presidents charging the Secret Service that kind of money.
The Secret Service has to rent a room for $396.15 a night. The Mar-a-Lago website shows interior photos of some of the rooms on the property
The closest example the paper found was the $171,600 now President Joe Biden charged the Secret Service with renting a cabin near his Delaware beach house from 2011 to 2017.
He was the vice president all but last year.
Biden hasn’t charged Secret Service rent since he took office, The Post reported.
In addition to suing the Secret Service, Business Insider reported earlier this week that Trump withdrew his government pension.
Trump has $221,400 at his disposal in 2021, as ex-presidents are entitled to pensions under the Former Presidents Act, where Trump’s salary is equal to that of a cabinet secretary.
So far he has received $65,600.
During his tenure, Trump promised to return his presidential salary to government agencies, which he did for 14 of 16 fiscal quarters.
Another image of a bedroom available to club members in Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida private resort
His salary from his last six months in office is unknown, and a spokesperson did not answer DailyMail.com’s question as to whether he donated or kept it.
In addition, Trump has spent $1.2 million in taxpayer money to keep the staff on his payroll since he left office.
And the Secret Service has spent $140,000 a month to protect Trump’s four adult children: Donald Trump Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany, as Trump negotiated that they would get Secret Service six months after he left the White House. .
Trump is also eligible to use taxpayers’ money to maintain an office space.
A representative of the General Services Administration told The Post that Trump does not charge taxpayers for the office he uses in Mar-a-Lago.
“There is no agreement to pay rent at Mar-a-Lago for the space the former president uses at the club,” a GSA representative told the newspaper.