Former President Donald Trump charged the Secret Service more than $40,000 for a room at Mar-a-Lago this spring whereas brokers protected him after he left workplace, The Washington Post reported Friday.
The Florida membership charged the Secret Service practically $400 every night time for a room starting the day Trump left the White House and moved to Mar-a-Lago, on Jan. 20, via April 30, based on federal spending data. The single room was used as a workspace by brokers, a supply advised the Post.
Because Trump had been at Mar-a-Lago full time since leaving workplace, the Secret Service paid the membership practically as a lot within the spring of 2021 because it had throughout comparable durations in 2018 and 2019, the newspaper famous.
Though presidents are afforded Secret Service safety for all times, the Post couldn’t discover a single different instance of a sitting or former president persevering with to cost the company hire “on this scale.” Trump, a billionaire, is accumulating a $219,000 annual pension and has a employees paid for by U.S. taxpayers.
Trump’s benefiting from the federal government suits the sample set whereas he was within the White House. His properties charged the U.S. authorities more than $2.5 million for lodging for Secret Service brokers and different prices by final October, based on the Post.
He additionally cashed in on Republican donors. Mar-a-Lago hoovered up $400,000 in catering and rental earnings from marketing campaign contributions in simply two days of fundraising occasions on the membership final July. Estimates of donor cash spent at Trump properties vary from $10.5 million to as excessive as $17 million.
As for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago hire payments for the Secret Service, “It’s tacky,” mentioned Jeffrey Engle, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “Just because you can make a buck doesn’t mean you should make a buck. And especially when you have a situation where you’re an ex-president. You’re not going to starve,” he advised the Post.
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