Kushner’s Jetsetting Continues To Cost Taxpayers
If you owe today when you file your 2020 federal income tax return, you could just cut out the middle man and send the money directly to Jared Kushner. While it’s been almost a full six months since Donald Trump was kicked out of office and Kushner lost his position as a presidential adviser, he continues to run up a multi-thousand dollar tab with the federal government.
Documents reviewed by The Daily Beast show that President Joe Biden’s State Department was forced to pay almost $13,000 for Secret Service protection for the twice-impeached former president’s son-in-law during a stay at the Abu Dhabi Ritz Carlton earlier this month. A contract that was awarded without the competitive bids usually necessary to do business with the federal government demanded 50 “room nights,” at $259 each, for Kushner’s Secret Service entourage to accompany and protect him during his May 5-14 visit to the United Arab Emirates capital.
Apparently the adjudicated slum-lord decided that the Ritz Carlton was the only hotel in Abu Dhabi that could provide him with the appropriate level of security protection he requires while engaging in meetings to set up his next business venture.
The taxpayer dollar expenditure is solely because Trump, prior to leaving office, granted three Cabinet appointees – former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, and former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin – and 13 members of his family, including Kushner, six months of Secret Service protection. The move is virtually unheard of.
This isn’t the first time the multi-millionaire Kushner has benefitted from taxpayers. Kushner and wife Ivanka spent a luxury weekend in the Dominican Republic in 2018 and U.S. taxpayers footed the bill for their security detail, spending more than $58,000 in public funds on room and board.