In case you missed it, according to a US Government Accountability Office January 2019 report released earlier this month, “Trump’s first four visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort after Inauguration Day cost American taxpayers $13.6 million,” CNN reported.
According to the report, some $10.6 million was spent between February and March 2017 on “operating costs of government aircraft and boats” and $3 million went toward “temporary duty costs of government personnel supporting the President’s travel, including transportation, lodging, and meals and incidental expenses.” Some $60,000 of that was paid directly to Trump’s Florida club.CNN
The Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security incurred the majority of the costs, and the report says the estimate excludes certain classified cost information.
The report also analyzed the costs of three international trips by the President’s sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump that took place in January and February 2017.
The report says protective details for the President’s sons and their spouses on the trips to Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and the United Arab Emirates cost about $396,000. Commercial aircraft was used for these trips and no military aircraft supported their travel, the report says.
The GAO report further found that the “Defense Department and the Secret Service did not regularly report the costs of protecting the President to Congress,” recommending “that the agencies regularly submit the cost reports, which are “required under the Presidential Protection Assistance Act of 1976.”
“Both DHS, of which the Secret Service is a part, and the Defense Department “concurred with GAO’s recommendations,” the report continues.” There was no comment from the White House.
The UAE trip Donald Jr., and Eric Trump took refers to this CNN report, Eldest Trump sons jet to Dubai for lavish wedding.
Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump have jetted to Dubai to attend a wedding for an Arab business magnate and business partner for the Trump Organization, according to two sources familiar with their travel plans. Lara Trump, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign and Eric’s wife, also plans to attend the wedding.
Hussain Sajwani, a real estate developer who has been dubbed “The Donald of Dubai,” is throwing a lavish wedding for his daughter, Amira, over several days in Dubai, the oil-rich country with lucrative business ties to the Trump Organization. Amira works with her father, serving as the chief finance officer for DAMAC, bearing a similar resemblance to the relationship between President Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump.CNN
Laura Trump posted picture to Instagram.
“On this visit, they will be spending time with the Sajwani Family, the incredible developers behind DAMAC properties and will be visiting the team at Trump International Golf Club, Dubai which opened to rave reviews in February 2017. Don Jr. & Eric will also be checking in on the progress of the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai, a Tiger Woods design that is currently under construction.”CNN
Published January 2, 2017, “in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Kellyanne Conway defended President-elect Donald Trump’s praise of a Dubai business partner, saying Trump is “allowed to have a New Year’s Eve celebration with his friends.”