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U.S. Taxpayers Are Still Paying For Trump’s Golf Trips to Bedminster Club

U.S. Taxpayers Are Still Paying For Trump’s Golf Trips to Bedminster Club

Under the Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012, former presidents receive Secret Service protection for the rest of their lives. But they’re usually not a major drain on the American taxpayers.

But Donald Trump’s months-long stay at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club last year cost U.S. taxpayers $653,836, according to U.S. Secret Service records obtained by NJ Advance Media.

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More than half of the sum, $368,037, went for hotel rooms in the area to house the agents, according to the records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. And more than $1 of every $10 spent by taxpayers when Trump was at Bedminster — $74,147 — went directly to the golf club for lodging and a command post. A portion of the funds also went for travel expenses, including rental cars and meals.

While in office, Trump Bedminster was paid $521,275 from the U.S. Secret Service for lodging and other space as part of the $2.4 million the agency spent on travel, rental cars, hotel room, golf carts, portable toilets, and other expenses at Bedminster. He used the golf club for weekend getaways during the warmer months and spent much of August there during his first three years in office.

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A spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group that brought one of the lawsuits, said Trump still could be violating the Constitution since he’s continuing to get extra government payments as a former government employee. “It does appear to us that the founding fathers were concerned with how the president was making money and did not want the president making additional money on the side of the government,” CREW’s Jordan Libowitz said.

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