Published On: Thu, Aug 27th, 2020

Donald Trump news: President’s resorts charged government thousands in fees | World | News

The US President has taken retreats to his resorts and properties throughout his time in office. Since 2017, he has made 500 visits to Trump owned properties. His most recent came today, as he visited the Trump hotel in Washington ahead of the Republican National Convention.

According to federal spending reports, the Trump Organisation cost the US government more than $900,000 through the use of its peroperties and services.

Examples of some of the fees charged by the Trump Organisation to the US government include “furniture removal” and “resort fees”.

In a 2018 visit to Mr Trump’s Turnberry golf course in Scotland, the President charged $1,300 to the secret service to move furniture.

At a property in Las Vegas, he charged Sceret Service agents an extra $29 each when Vice President Mike Pence visited.

The Washington Post, who saw the reports, claimed the agents ended up paying an additional $4,379 to the cost of the bill, which surpassed $20,000.

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More examples came as the Post revealed government documents, which showed the Secret Service booking rooms at a Trump properties when the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, came to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in its Russia probe.

It resulted in a $3,300 for rooms over two days to protect the President’s son.

Mr Trump has visited his Mar-a-Lago golf course 127 times during his presidency, at more cost to the taxpayer.

A Government Accountability Office report detailed Mr Trump’s golf trips to Mar-a-Lago cost more than $64 million since early 2017.

Judd Deere, a spokesman for the Trump Organisation, also savaged the Post’s report and threatened the reporter behind it.

Mr Deere said: “The Washington Post is blatantly interfering with the business relationships of the Trump Organization, and it must stop.

“Please be advised that we are building up a very large ‘dossier’ on the many false David Fahrenthold and others stories as they are a disgrace to journalism and the American people.”

The spokesman also claimed in February using Trump properties saves the government money, and added: “If they were to go to a hotel across the street, they’d be charging them $500 a night, whereas, you know we charge them, like 50 bucks.”

The controversial report comes ahead of the President’s appearance at the final night of the RNC.

The four day long event has seen his wife Melania Trump and top administration officials savage the Democrats and praise his time in office.

He is expected to attack his Democrat rival Joe Biden, and stake his bid for re-election.

The US election takes place on November 3 this year.

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