Trump Kids Effectively Forced Secret Service To Spend Money At Trump Properties
President Donald Trump’s adult children have ushered hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to their father’s properties by way of the U.S. Secret Service, according to The Washington Post.
Eric Trump took his Secret Service agents to Trump golf courses in Scotland, as he led transatlantic tours for paying customers. Donald Trump Jr. took his protectors to the Trump hotel in Vancouver, stopping over on hunting trips to Canada.
And Ivanka Trump took her Secret Service detail to the Trump golf club in Bedminster, N.J., again and again — even after she asked other Americans to “please, please” stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.
- On every such trip, the Trump Organization has charged the Secret Service for agents tagging along to protect the president’s children.
- According to The Post’s review of Secret Service records, “Trump’s adult children and their families have caused the U.S. government to spend at least $238,000 at Trump properties so far.”
- The newspaper noted that Eric Trump, who oversees day-to-day business at the Trump Organization alongside Donald Trump Jr. while their father is president, has said previously that the company charges the government low rates because they can’t give rooms away for free.
- “We charge them cost, effectively housekeeping cost,” he said.
- However, records obtained by The Post have consistently run counter to Eric Trump's statements, with the latest batch of Secret Service records speaking more directly to money spent on behalf of Trump's children.
"[U]ntil now, it was not clear how much taxpayer revenue Trump’s children’s travel had brought back to their father’s company this way. The latest batch of Secret Service records obtained by The Post provides a clearer picture, by identifying Trump’s children as the drivers behind dozens of such transactions.
Among the bills that did list a room rate, the cheapest rate was $175 per night, for a room at the Trump hotel in Washington. But the rates at times climbed much higher.
These payments stand in contrast to a philosophy that Eric Trump laid out in the early days of his father’s presidency, that the family would not use Trump’s power for financial gain.