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How Trump’s company charged the U.S. government more that $900,000 (1 Viewer)

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Room rentals, resort fees and furniture removal: How Trump’s company charged the U.S. government more than $900,000

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8/27/20
The Secret Service paid Mar-a-Lago to book rooms for two weeks at a time — locking them up before the club could rent them to others, according to newly released records and emails. The agency was paying for rooms on nights when Trump wasn’t even visiting — to be ready just in case Trump decided to go, one former Trump administration official said. Trump has now visited his own properties 271 times as president, according to a Washington Post tally — including a visit Thursday, when he met with GOP donors at his D.C. hotel. Through these trips, Trump has brought the Trump Organization a stream of private revenue from federal agencies and GOP campaign groups. Federal spending records show that taxpayers have paid Trump’s businesses more than $900,000 since he took office. At least $570,000 came as a result of the president’s travel, according to a Washington Post analysis. Now, new federal spending documents obtained by The Post via a public-records lawsuit give more detail about how the Trump Organization charged the Secret Service — a kind of captive customer, required to follow Trump everywhere.

In addition to the rentals at Mar-a-Lago, the documents show that the Trump Organization charged daily “resort fees” to Secret Service agents guarding Vice President Pence in Las Vegas and in another instance asked agents to pay a $1,300 “furniture removal charge” during a presidential visit to a Trump resort in Scotland. In addition, campaign finance records have provided new details about the payments the Trump Organization received from GOP groups, as a result of the 37 instances in which Trump headlined a political event at one of his properties. Those visits have brought the company at least $3.8 million in fees, according to a Post analysis of campaign spending records. Since taking office, Trump has taken other actions that have shattered his early promise to “completely isolate” himself from the Trump Organization. On the campaign trail in 2016, Trump had offered one simple way to underline his separation from his properties: He just wouldn’t visit. “I may never see these places again,” Trump said during a rally in August 2016. “Because I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf. Believe me.”

Trump invariably golfs every weekend at one of his golf clubs or resorts. Yep, even during the worst weeks of the pandemic.

Every time he goes on a weekend golfing junket, US taxpayer dollars flow into the bank account of his Trump Organization.

Quite a lucrative racket Trump has going on. It's ALWAYS one of his business properties that he golfs at.
 
This is pretty small (if annoying) potatoes. Can't even buy a M1 tank for that ($4.3 million each.)

Heck, if we could pay him 1000x that in cash plus an M1 tank to just **** off forever, we'd come out well ahead in the deal.
 

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