In February, President Trump’s son Don Jr. took a lavish business trip to India to sell his families high-end condominiums. According to The Washington Post, that business trip cost taxpayers nearly $100,000.
The Washington Post obtained expense report documents via a freedom of information act request. The documents demonstrate that the taxpayers paid $97,805 for the Secret Service to protect Don Jr. while he sold Trump family properties across India. The cost covered hotel rooms, airfare, car rentals, and overtime for the agents who traveled with Don Jr.
This was not the first lavish trip taken by Don Jr. to cost the American people six figures. Last year, Don Jr. and his brother Eric Trump traveled to the United Arab Emirates to open a golf resort. That trip cost taxpayers $200,000. The American people paid for Secret Service travel, expenses, and hotel rooms for that trip.
Don Jr.’s recent trip to India included a lavish tour of the country. That tour came with a steep price tag. The Secret Service is legally permitted to protect the President’s immediate family. While it is not uncommon for the Secret Service to protect the president’s immediate family, many have been critical of the excessive costs incurred by the Trump family and their lavish travel.
Congressional Democrats have begun investigating the Trump family travel habits and their costs to the American people. Democrats began their investigation last year but have yet to receive results of two reports from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Chuck Young is the managing director of public affairs for the GAO. He said that the Trump family travel report should be released in mid-December. That report will only include trips taken by the Trump family in 2017.
Investigations into Trump family travel might be expected to intensify once Democrats take over control of the House of Representatives.