Former President Donald Trump’s order to extend Secret Service protection to his key allies and all of his adult children cost taxpayers $ 1.7 million, the Washington Post reported on Friday.
Secret service protection once a president is removed from office is usually provided to the former president and the first lady for life, and to all children until they reach the age of 16. years.
But Trump ordered the protection provided for six months after leaving office for his four adult children and their spouses. He also extended protection to former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.
Secret Service agents racked up the trolling costs of Trump’s wealthy adult children on “ski vacations, weekend homes, a resort in Cabo San Lucas, and business trips to the foreigner, ”the Post noted.
“Who wouldn’t like to continue their free limousine service and easy access to restaurant tables?” Asked Jim Helminski, a former secret service executive. “Even though there was a credible risk to Trump’s family and associates, these people are now private citizens who can afford to hire (…) private security companies for their personal protection,” he said. he told the Post.
The most mind-boggling expenses were the $ 52,000 spent keeping Mnuchin, a multimillionaire, on a trip to Israel in June to research new business opportunities, followed by a trip to a conference in Qatar. Costs included $ 11,000 for officers’ rooms at St. Regis Doha in Qatar, according to government spending records, the Post reported.
Mnuchin’s secret service total amounted to $ 479,000 and included $ 114,000 for rooms at a W hotel in Los Angeles, Vanity Fair noted.
Mnuchin told the newspaper he did not ask for additional protection. But he was free to refuse, which he did not do, the Post noted.
No one else with additional protection responded to the Post’s requests for comment.
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