Last month, former President Donald Trump departed Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida for his Bedminster, New Jersey golf resort where he will no doubt spend the summer continuing to agonize over his election loss to President Joe Biden. But because the 74-year-old ex-commander in chief still enjoys the protection of the United States Secret Service, re-headquartering him is not a cheap ordeal – and taxpayers are stuck with footing the bill.
According to documents obtained by The Daily Beast on Tuesday, the Secret Service has approved spending $34,000 over the next four months on portable toilets supplied by Imperial Restrooms of Saugerties, New York.
“BATHROOM TRAILERS BEDMINSTER,” the expenditure ledger reportedly states. “A NOTICE TO PROCEED WAS GIVEN ON MAY 24, 2021.”
Watchdogs say that the arrangement – the latest in a pattern of excessive billing and bizarre bathroom segregation which began during the early days of the Trump Administration – stinks.
“Even now, taxpayers continue to spend many thousands of dollars to facilitate Donald Trump’s businesses,” former federal prosecutor and the executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Noah Bookbinder told The Daily Beast. “He is of course entitled to protection, but from the beginning, it has been about his advancement and convenience, rather than what is good for the country. Forcing taxpayers to spend all of this money for porta potties at a business that surely has sufficient bathrooms is confounding.”
Craig Holman of D.C. nonprofit Public Citizen added that Trump “is all about charging the highest prices and even fleecing customers and clients. Those who Trump does business with are simply following his model.”
The Secret Service did not respond to comment requests submitted by The Daily Beast.
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