WaPo Exposé Sheds Light On Trump’s Gross Abuse Of Taxpayer And Donor Money
President Donald Trump has ushered at least $8.1 million from taxpayers and political donors to his personal businesses since he took office in 2017, according to The Washington Post.
The president brought taxpayer money to his businesses simply by bringing himself. He’s visited his hotels and clubs more than 280 times now.
“If I win, I may never see my property — I may never see these places again,” Trump said on the campaign trail then. “Because I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf. Believe me.”
- Trump’s company has charged taxpayers for hotel rooms, ballrooms, cottages, rental houses, golf carts, votive candles, floating candles, and candelabras.
- Taxpayers have also footed the bill for resort fees, decorative palm trees, chocolate cake, breakfast buffets, $88 bottles of wine and $1,000 worth of liquor for White House aides, per The Post.
- When Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago club and the two leaders met alone without dining, Mar-a-Lago charged taxpayers for their water, $3 each.
- A formal dinner for 30 during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Mar-a-Lago cost taxpayers $7,700.
- During the two weeks Trump spent at Mar-a-Lago over Christmas last year, the club charged the Secret Service $32,400 for rooms.
- And That Post reported that Trump's club in Bedminster, New Jersey, "has charged the Secret Service $17,000 per month to rent a cottage from May to November — even on days when the family is absent.”
- The Post noted that “Much spending remains hidden, because some federal agencies — including the State Department, and the White House itself — have declined to release records."
- The president also has personally benefited from his campaign's spending of money provided by his political supporters.
- Trump’s campaign and fundraising committee have paid his companies $5.6 million since January 2017, even as the campaign has run short of money and while the president himself has donated a paltry $8,020 to his reelection efforts.
- The Post reported that “Trump’s campaign spends about $40,000 per month to rent office space in Trump Tower in Manhattan, which in 2016 served as its campaign headquarters. But this year, the campaign headquarters is not in Trump Tower.”
RNC and campaign officials have said Trump has never ordered them to visit his clubs — but it was understood that he is more likely to attend if an event is at one of his properties.