Donald Trump and his adult children have racked up quite a tax bill since taking office. The President’s penchant for golfing is well known. So far, those trips to courses and country clubs have cost Americans over $130 million.
His kids are quite expensive too. Donald Jr. and Eric Trump like to take extravagant hunting trips to shoot wild animals. Trump Jr. took one of trips in 2019 to the country of Mongolia. According to a new report from CREW, this trip cost taxpayers a total of $76,859.36.
The cost to Americans is significantly higher than the Government first disclosed. In March, the Secret Service gave documents showing that the trip had cost around $17,000. But further digging by the watchdog group found that it cost much more.
In addition to the cost, there are other eye-raising features about the trip. Trump Jr. was given a special permit to hunt endangered animals. He also reportedly me with Mongolia’s president without disclosing that fact.
Lauren White and Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel write, “The eight day trip was already controversial for many reasons: Don Jr. was retroactively awarded a permit to hunt an endangered argali sheep after he already killed it, he had a private meeting with Mongolia’s president that we still don’t know much about, and hunted alongside a major Republican donor, as originally reported by Pro Publica. These Secret Service payments show how much taxpayer money directly funded Don Jr.’s trip, and show that the cost was much steeper than the agency originally admitted.”
Trump Jr. has not responded to requests for comment.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.