U.S. Taxpayers Coughed Up At Least $20k For Tiffany’s Cannes Film Fest Holiday
Tiffany Trump, daughter of President Trump, traveled to South France over the weekend with her boyfriend to attend the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival, reports Quartz.
Paparazzi spotted the couple at the five-star Hotel Barrière Le Majestic, and her Secret Service security team stayed at the nearby Marriott Jesta Fontainebleau.
A Department of State purchase order, labeled “USSS HOTEL ROOMS MARRIOTT – TIFFANY TRUMP’S VISIT TO CANNES 17-20 MAY 2019,” lists a three-night stay at the Jesta Fontainebleau for $19,213.
As told to Quartz, Secret Service spokesperson Julia McMurray said, “For operational security reasons, the Secret Service cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means, methods, resources, costs, or numbers we utilize to carry out our protective responsibilities.”
In an acquisitions document, the State Department has previously described Tiffany Trump as a “Senior High Level USG VIP traveling with a delegation inclusive of support elements in: Security, Logistics, Communications, Logistics and Operations.”
Tiffany Trump is seldom involved in official government events, but quite frequently takes expensive trips funded by U.S. taxpayers.
Last March, she and her boyfriend took a $23,000 trip to Serbia. In 2017, the couple traveled to Budapest, which cost around $22,000.
While President Trump is in office, his immediate family is entitled to Secret Service protection. However, this large taxpayer expense has been criticized, particularly since his four children are adults who frequently take expensive trips for leisure or non-government related business reasons.