Washington — properties owned byDuring former President Donald Trump’s presidency, the Secret Service charged US Secret Service rates far higher than government rates Documents obtained by Democrats at the House Oversight Committee show.
In a letter to Secret Service director Kimberly Cheetle, the chair of the oversight panel, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, revealed that the agency working to protect the president and his family members was paid $1,185 per room per night in at least one As much as the fee was paid. The example, Joe Maloney said, is five times the government rate.
The Washington Post was the first to report the expense.
“Consistently exorbitant rates of stay on Trump-owned properties for the Secret Service and agents raise significant concerns about the former president’s self-dealing and could result in taxpayer-funded unforeseen consequences for former President Trump’s struggling businesses. is,” Maloney, a New York Democrat, told Cheatle.
Records obtained by the committee from the Secret Service show that the agency was charged at least 40 times the government rate in the US between Inauguration Day 2017 and September 15, 2021. The Secret Service spent more than $1.4 million on properties owned by Trump. Across the United States, records were obtained by the committee, although Maloney said those records may be incomplete. Those locations include the Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia, the Trump Hotel Las Vegas, the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, andIn Florida, among other Trump properties.
In a statement, Trump Organization Executive Vice President Eric Trump said, “Any service provided to the United States Secret Service or other government agencies on properties owned by Trump was at their request and either at cost, at a substantial discount or was provided for free.”
“The company would have been substantially better off if hospitality services were sold to full-paying guests, however, the company did whatever it took to accommodate agencies to ensure that they did their job at the highest level.” Were able to do – they are amazing men and women,” Eric Trump said.
According to a report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, during his four years in office, Trump visited his properties nearly 550 times, including 145 visits to his South Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago. After winning the presidency in November 2016, Trump passed control of his company to his two adult sons, but did not sever his business interests while in office.
Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel was the subject of a legal investigation, as a group of congressional Democrats and the attorney generals of Maryland and the District of Columbia filed separate lawsuits, arguing that the then-president had scuttled the money for his continued financial interest. Violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution. company. The emoluments clause prohibits the President from accepting any gifts, titles, or emoluments from any foreign state or domestic authorities without the approval of Congress. but the Supreme CourtThe affairs of state officials were deemed controversial in late January 2021 because Trump was no longer in office.
The Trump Organization sets up its Washington, DC, hotelin October 2019, and the company announced in May that it closed on a $375 million sale of assets.
Maloney compared spending by the Secret Service on properties owned by Trump with Eric Trump’s 2019 claim that government employees traveling with the then president “live on our properties for free.”
“If my father travels, he stays at our properties for free,” Eric Trump said during the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in 2019. It saves a fortune because if they go to a hotel across the street, they’ll charge them $500 for a night, whereas, you know, we charge them like $50.”
According to records, at times, the secret service guarding visiting prime ministers on the secret service was charged more than the government rate. At times, the Secret Service was charged more than the government rate to protect Eric Trump and other members of the Trump family, records show. Sometimes, the preserve or reason for living in Trump’s estate is modified, although it is unclear who modified the documents.
During a visit from March 8, 2017 to March 8, 2017, for which Eric Trump is identified as a security person, a Secret Service special agent requested a $1,160 per night stay at the Trump International Hotel did, which is higher than the $242 rate. prescribed by the General Services Administration (GSA). Government rates are based on average daily rates for hotel properties by location and time of year. As justification, the unnamed agent wrote that “hotel rooms in the area are limited and per day rates are difficult to obtain due to low availability.”
In early August 2017, in another request from the GSA for the stay of Eric Trump and his wife, Lara, the Secret Service asked for approval to spend $650 per night at Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel. According to documents obtained by Congress, the justification, part of which was amended, read, “Requested to be located at Trump International Hotel during the period of the visit. During the dates of the visit, the per-day rate was not received.” Could go.”
Months later, in November 2017, when Donald Trump Jr. stayed at the Trump International Hotel, Secret Service records obtained by House Democrats indicate that the hotel charged a rate of $1,185 per room per night. According to documents, the government rate at that time was $201.
Meanwhile, other requests cited a lack of available hotel rooms due to conventions taking place in the Washington, D.C., area, as a justification for seeking approval for the Secret Service to pay rates higher than the maximum per day. as it was.
An example involving an overnight stay by Trump in mid-July 2017, requesting approval to pay the special agent $225 per night, rather than the government’s $172 accommodation rate, the justification read: “The entire NCR Sold out in Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland during the week of July 9-13 due to purchase 20,000+ rooms by Microsoft Convention.”