Trump’s protection racket: He wildly overcharges his Secret Service protection to stay at his properties

  • 02/13/2020 10:25 am ET Sunny Hundal
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The Washington Post has revealed that Trump’s private company charged Secret Service agents as much as $650 per night per room for protecting him.

The newspaper found that:

At Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, the Secret Service was charged the $650 rate dozens of times in 2017, and a different rate, $396.15, dozens more times in 2018, according to documents from Trump’s visits.

And at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, the Secret Service was charged $17,000 a month to use a three-bedroom cottage on the property, an unusually high rent for homes in that area, according to receipts from 2017. Trump’s company billed the government even for days when Trump wasn’t there.

More than any other example, it illustrates how Trump’s family is personally profiting from his job as President.

“It is more than a little disconcerting, knowing this is going on, and not knowing what the actual numbers are,” said Jordan Libowitz, of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “That’s kind of crazy that we know the president is benefiting from the presidency, and we do not know how. We do not know how many taxpayer dollars are in his pocket.”

Now, lawmakers want to know how much money is going into the Trump family’s pockets from American taxpayers.

On Wednesday, lawmakers from the House Oversight Committee asked the Secret Service to provide a full account of how much it has paid to President Trump’s private company for staying at his properties.

These sums are in addition to the money spent on behalf of American taxpayers — an estimated $118 million — while Trump golfs around at his own courses.

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