Revealed: Trump’s clubs charged the Secret Service more than $ 1.1 million, including $ 21,800 for rooms in Bedminster when Ivanka visited him while the resort was closed to the public
- New documents reveal how Trump’s companies benefited from the Secret Service
- Entourage traveling to his properties with the president pays with taxpayer dollars
- In one case, the Secret Service paid to stay in Bedminster while the club was closed
- It is believed to be related to Ivanka Trump’s visit there for Passover in April
- Bedminster Club charged the Secret Service $ 17,000 a month to rent a cottage
According to a new report, President Donald Trump’s companies have charged the federal government more than $ 1.1 million to stay in his properties since he took office.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Secret Service released documents and receipts in response to a lawsuit over public records, adding $ 188,000 in previously unknown charges to the paper’s ongoing number.
Trump regularly travels to his own business premises, and his Secret Service advisers and escort pay to stay when they accompany him, as they would at any other hotel, using tax money.
While the scheme is not illegal, it is highly unusual and raises ethical questions about how Trump’s companies can benefit from his presidency.
President Donald Trump’s companies have charged the federal government more than $ 1.1 million to stay in his properties since he took office, a new report said.
Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump reportedly celebrated Passover in Bedminster with her husband and family at the same time as some of the accusations
“The waste inherent in this is appalling,” Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president at the Public Citizen watchdog group, told the Post of the Trump organization that the government has charged.
Gilbert was especially appalled that some of the allegations came during a pandemic devastating the economy and thinning federal budgets.
‘They are nickel-and-diming the American people. At a time when every cent counts, ”she said.
Some of the newly discovered Secret Service charges came from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in the spring, while the New Jersey club was closed to the public during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bedminster club has charged the Secret Service more than $ 21,800 to rent a cottage and other rooms while the club was closed to the public due to pandemic lockdowns
The club has charged the Secret Service more than $ 21,800 to rent a cottage and other rooms while the club was closed to the public due to pandemic lockdowns, the Post reported.
The rental extended from March 17, the day the club was closed to the public, to April 15.
Although Trump did not visit the New Jersey club during the period in question, his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump is said to have celebrated Passover there with her husband and family.
The documents do not reveal a reason for the Secret Service charges. Although New Jersey was strictly shut down at the time, those rules didn’t apply to federal employees.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner walk from Airforce One at Joint Airbase Andrews, Maryland, on July 26, 2020, after returning from Bedminster, New Jersey.
The records show that Trump Bedminster charged the Secret Service $ 17,000 a month – or $ 567 a night – for renting the three-bedroom ‘Sarazen Cottage’ near Trump’s own villa.
The rentals stretched from May to October, despite Trump usually only spending summer weekends at the New Jersey club.
A senior government official told the Post that it was necessary for the Secret Service to secure space in Bedminster, as Trump often doesn’t disclose his travel plans well in advance, and there are few hotels in the area that agents could use in the event of a last minute trip.
“We always reserved a room in Bedminster weeks before the president arrived, just in case,” the officer said. “If, say, he came to the Oval on Wednesday and said, ‘I want to go this weekend,’ you should be ready.”