An open records lawsuit from a nonprofit watchdog group confirms what’s already a well-known fact: that President Donald Trump profits from his trips to Trump Organization properties.
The group known as Property of the People filed the open records request to discern how much the Secret Service spent at Trump’s properties. They asked for information for the first five months of his time in office, which revealed that the security detail alone cost taxpayers about $250,000, the Washington Post reported.
Though the records do not detail the specific expenditures of the Secret Service, they reveal a means that Trump can employ in order to profit from his own presidency.
The records request also revealed that Secret Service detail may have profited Trump for members of his family’s visits to his properties. A March 2017 expenditure shows the Secret Service spent $40,000 at his Las Vegas property, even though on that date Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
We sued for documents (yet again) proving Trump is profiting off taxpayer dollars at Mar-a-Lago. We got them. Like, we got the actual receipts. Working in collaboration w/ @propublica, the docs are now online. Enjoy! #FOIA https://t.co/IERVnPcH3h
— PropertyOfThePeople (@PropOTP) May 1, 2019
If the pace of spending for Trump’s travels stayed the same from his first 5 months in office, then spending likely topped a million dollars. Trump has been president for over 34 months as of today, which means if the pace of spending remained constant for his Secret Service expenditures, about $1.7 million has been spent by the taxpayers to fund those travels for Trump’s security detail alone.
The money spent doesn’t account for other expenses paid on his resorts, nor the travel needed for Trump and others to travel. Indeed, spending for Trump’s travels to his Mar-a-Lago resort in February of 2017 alone cost taxpayers around $13.6 million, according to NBC News, some of which likely went into his personal coffers.
In 2015, as a candidate for office, Trump promised he wouldn’t travel outside of Washington very often.
“I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done,” Trump said.