Melania Trump and her staff spent $95,050 of taxpayer money during the first lady’s six-hour stay in Cairo last month, federal spending records show.
> The US first lady and her entourage racked up the tab at the Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo, which offers rooms starting at $119. The hotel’s presidential suite can be rented for $699, which includes $156.50 in taxes, per the property’s website.
> A spokeswoman for the first lady says Trump was in Cairo for six hours and didn’t actually spend the night at the hotel.
The visit reportedly cost more than her husband’s two-night stay in Scotland last year:
> Although a 2017 Fox News analysis of White House staffing data called the first lady’s office ”one of the leanest East Wing operations in recent history,” her bill at the Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo was significantly higher than the $77,345.35 that the government spent on her husband’s two-night stay last July at his golf course in Scotland with, among others, son Eric, chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, and social media director Dan Scavino.
According to Quartz, the federal spending records do not offer a detailed breakdown of the nearly $100,000 tab.
> Payment was made to the hotel in Cairo on Sept. 30, about a week prior to the first lady’s arrival on Saturday, Oct. 6. The description of the expenditure reads simply, “FLOTUS visit hotel rooms.” No detailed breakdown of the payment, or how many rooms were rented, are provided in the data but ostensibly the tab includes the cost of the first lady’s Secret Service detail and various support staff.