As reported on Business Insider:
- Donald Trump gave his adult children and three officials six months extra Secret Service protection.
- The extra security cost taxpayers $1.7 million, The Washington Post reported.
- It included payments to Trump’s own companies, as agents stayed at Trump properties to protect his children.
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Donald Trump cost taxpayers $1.7 million by providing his adult children and three officials with six months of Secret Service protection after he left office, according to a Washington Post analysis of new spending documents.
Before leaving office, Trump triggered a highly unusual order, the paper said, giving extra protection to his four adult children, Donald Trump Jr., 43, Ivanka, 39, and Eric, 37, and Tiffany, 27.
Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, was also granted protection, as was Eric’s wife, Lara.
Trump’s protection order also included three officials; former Secretary to the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, former chief of staff Mark Meadows, and former national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien.
Under law, the Secret Service provides protection for former presidents and spouses for life, as well as their children until they turn 16.
In recent years, former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton have extended it to include college-aged children for a short time after leaving office, The Washington Post said.
However, Trump ordered the Secret Service to devote time and resources to protecting seven wealthy adults, the paper said.
During the six months, the Secret Service spent around $347,000 on airfare, hotels, and rental cars protecting Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to the records seen by The Washington Post.
It included vacations to Hawaii, Utah ski county, a Wyoming ranch, and Kiawah Island in South Carolina, the paper said.
Secret Service agents also spent $9,000 on hotel rooms accompanying Kushner on a trip to the United Arab Emirates in May, citing federal spending data posted online.
According to The Daily Beast, Kushner chose to stay at the five-star Ritz Carlton in Abu Dhabi.
Data for the cost of flights was not reported.
The cost of protecting Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. was $241,000 and $213,000, respectively. The Washington Post said the brothers primarily traveled between New York and South Florida, with occasional trips elsewhere.
Tiffany Trump was the cheapest to protect, with partial records showing that the Secret Service spent $56,000 while protecting her, the paper reported.
Several of the payments were made to Trump’s own company. Agents were billed for the rooms they used while protecting his children, the paper reported.
Since leaving office, the former president has lived full-time at his properties and has also charged the Secret Service for rooms, the paper said.
Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, told The Washington Post that the charges, although small, indicated a moral choice for the Trump family.
"The patriotic thing would obviously be not charging the government to stay at your properties and not profiting or profiteering off the government," Libowitz told the paper.
Of the three officials included in the protection order, Mnuchin was the most expensive to guard, costing the Secret Service $479,000.
This included accompanying Mnuchin on three trips to the Middle East and staying at luxurious hotels, the paper reported.
Mnuchin is a multimillionaire in his own right, with an estimated $400 million fortune, according to Forbes.
Source: Business Insider
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Alia Shoaib)
Date: September 18th 2021
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