Taxpayers in the United States spend $ 140,000 monthly on Secret Service protections for Donald Trump’s adult children – despite not having a right to protection by convention.
A think tank in Washington DC, Citizens for Ethics in Washington (CREW) obtained the data for February through a Freedom of Information Request.
Over the 30-day period, transportation was $ 52,296.75, and hotel expenses totaled at least $ 88,678.39, according to the data.
Among the charges were $ 62,599.39 for Ivanka Trump’s hotel stay and Jared Kushner’s security agents, while the couple went on a 10-day vacation to Utah immediately after leaving the White House.
Security then followed them, in February, to Miami and Bedminster, New Jersey.
Ivanka Trump is assisted by a Secret Service agent in New York City in February
The 39-year-old is seen again with her protection in New York City in February
Donald Trump Jr. also spent time in New York City, Long Island, and Upstate New York, with his travel expenses costing taxpayers at least $ 13,337.
Eric and Lara Trump spent much of February in New York at the Trump Briarcliff property, with some short trips to Queens, one trip to Miami and two to Palm Beach costing the Secret Service at least $ 12,742.
The Secret Service is normally tasked with protecting serving officials.
Only former presidents and their husbands and their children under the age of 16 receive lifelong protection.
Malia and Sasha Obama lost their Secret Service data shortly after their parents left the White House, The Washington Post reported.
However, Trump negotiated a deal before his January 20 departure, involving his four grown children – Donald Jr, 43; Ivanka, 39; Eric, 37; and Tiffany, 27 – would get their protections extended for six months.
Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, and Eric’s wife, Lara, were also given a security detail.
The extension was also granted to three of its officials – former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien.
Donald Trump Jr. Seen with his Secret Service agent following him in New York in March
Eric Trump is seen in New York City, with his security detail – still paid by US taxpayers
The extension comes after a presidency that saw the Secret Service stretch, with the largest number of full-time security records ever – to 42 at any one time, according to former senior administrative officials.
CREW said the $ 140,000 a month, which equates to $ 4,700 a day, was likely an underestimate.
The Secret Service “ has not provided data on spending at Trump companies, which is the most controversial aspect of the comprehensive protections, ” CREW added.
The watchdog has previously reported that while in office, the Trump family made 12 times as many trips to the Obamas, with taxpayers paying the security bill.
“While it may be tempting to tell the story of the Trump family’s profiteering profits in the past, we can’t until they have actually stopped transferring tax money to their own bank accounts,” CREW said.
“Thanks to Trump’s unusual extension of their protections, they have a few more months to proceed.”