Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., has introduced a new bill that would require President Trump to pay back the government for public money the 45th POTUS has wasted on travel to hotels and other properties that he personally owns.
The Stop Waste and Misuse by the President Act, or the SWAMP Act, states that the President must pay for his own travel bill when heading off to Mar-A-Lago, Trump Towers, and the various other resorts, golf courses, and other locations owned by the President.
“It is unacceptable for the president to maintain an interest in traveling to properties in which he has a direct financial interest, as the U.S. government is responsible for renting space for personnel in said private commercial entities,” the bill clearly states.
“Every time the president travels to Mar-a-Lago, he necessarily promotes his private business interests via free press at the government’s expense,” it adds.
Total security costs for a single trip to Mar-a-Lago run $3.7 million, according to the bill. The president could also be forced to pay additional bills incurred by local law enforcement.
The bill doesn’t just target Donald Trump, it would also force other high-ranking officials who receive Secret Service protections to pay back costs associated with traveling to properties they own.
Here’s the important part of the bill:
In the case of a person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under paragraph (1) or (2) of section 3056(a) of title 18, United States Code, if that person, while traveling for official business or for personal purposes, stays in a hotel or other establishment providing daily-rate accommodation in which that person has an ownership or financial interest, that person shall reimburse to the Treasury —
(1) any amount expended by the United States Secret Service for the provision of such protection; and
(2) any amount expended for other costs incurred by the Government pertaining to that stay.
This seems like a great way to deal with the Red State and other members of Congress who take advantage of American taxpayers on a daily basis.