Trump bills Secret Service $40,000 at Mar-a-Lago since leaving office($396.15 every night since 20 January until at least 30 April)

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Former president Donald Trump charged the Secret Service more than $40,000 this spring for rooms that Trump’s own protective detail used while guarding him at his Mar-a-Lago Club, according to federal spending records.

The records show that Trump’s club charged the Secret Service $396.15 every night starting Jan. 20, the day he left the White House and moved full-time into his Palm Beach, Fla., club.
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Those charges, ultimately paid by taxpayers, continued until at least April 30, the spending records show, for a total of $40,011.15. The charges were for a single room used as a workspace by Secret Service agents, according to one person familiar with the payments.
While he was president, Trump’s properties charged the U.S. government more than $2.5 million, often so that Secret Service agents could use rooms near him.

The Trump Organization did not respond to requests for comment. Trump’s post-presidential office and the Secret Service both declined to comment.
The rate Trump billed the Secret Service at his Florida resort is the same as the $396.15-per-room rate he charged as president.
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Former presidents get Secret Service protection for life. But last year The Washington Post spoke to historians and representatives for recent presidents and could not find another example of a president charging the Secret Service rent on this scale.

Historians said they were surprised Trump was still charging the Secret Service, considering that ex-presidents are entitled to an array of other taxpayer-funded benefits, including paid staff and a $219,000-per-year pension.

Since fall 2017, Mar-a-Lago has charged the agency the same rate of $396.15 per night. On its invoices to the Secret Service, Mar-a-Lago wrote that this rate was “billed at cost.” The Trump Organization has not explained how it chose that rate, down to the penny.

The figure is far above the $205 spending limit that has applied to most government employees looking for rooms in Palm Beach County this spring. The Secret Service is allowed to spend more than the limit if its protective mission requires.
 

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So we pay Trump to have SS. Sounds about right..I was expecting a bigger bill to be honest. I wonder if the beach road along Mar-a-Lago is still blocked off.
 

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Biden is spending $86 million on hotel rooms for migrants as his administration struggles to handle the surge of families and kids trying to come to the US​

Did the 86 million go into Biden’s pocket?
 
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Biden is spending $86 million on hotel rooms for migrants as his administration struggles to handle the surge of families and kids trying to come to the US​


$2 million migrants at the border this year. Wow
 

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And we will spend billions rebuilding Palestine, while giving billions to Isreal to destroy it again. Multinational corporations will benefit... But people will talk about $40000.
 

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Don’t see an issue here. Maybe the SS could find a different hotel nearby for lower cost or rent some property for the agents to stay. Don’t see how Trump himself would be able to control where the agents assigned to his duty book their lodgings.
 

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Don’t see an issue here. Maybe the SS could find a different hotel nearby for lower cost or rent some property for the agents to stay. Don’t see how Trump himself would be able to control where the agents assigned to his duty book their lodgings.

How reasonable is it to guard 24/7 from a remote location when you can do it onsite? Logistics would seem to be factor in.

This is why politicians should not have active business interests while holding office. Another painful lesson learned with this gawd awful experience.
 
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So we pay Trump to have SS. Sounds about right..I was expecting a bigger bill to be honest. I wonder if the beach road along Mar-a-Lago is still blocked off.
Yeah ~$400/night doesn't seem to high for an ex-POTUS or for Mar-a-Lago.
 

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So we pay Trump to have SS. Sounds about right..I was expecting a bigger bill to be honest. I wonder if the beach road along Mar-a-Lago is still blocked off.
The books for the Trump years were kept under lock and key by Steve Mnuchin. It was lost in the constant swirl of stories around Trump, but heavily redacted reports were turned over to the appropriate House committees. No other president had the costs redacted like this, but, of course, Treasury said it was for security reasons. A lot more is eventually going to come out about the daily grift that the Trump Org ran.
 

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The books for the Trump years were kept under lock and key by Steve Mnuchin. It was lost in the constant swirl of stories around Trump, but heavily redacted reports were turned over to the appropriate House committees. No other president had the costs redacted like this, but, of course, Treasury said it was for security reasons. A lot more is eventually going to come out about the daily grift that the Trump Org ran.
You keep saying this, and yet so far nothing has come out. In the end, it will be more stories such as this one where he charges under market prices for things they come to him for.

In general, Trump and his people have been careful with their pricing in these kinds of transactions.

My guess is the the entire operation, all the way through the four year presidency will turn out to be fairly straightforward and within federal guidelines.
 

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You keep saying this, and yet so far nothing has come out. In the end, it will be more stories such as this one where he charges under market prices for things they come to him for.

In general, Trump and his people have been careful with their pricing in these kinds of transactions.

My guess is the the entire operation, all the way through the four year presidency will turn out to be fairly straightforward and within federal guidelines.
Why would you guess that when they didn’t follow the norms, and have kept things redacted that weren’t state secrets?
 

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Congrats taxpayers, you spent at least $1.7 million over the last 6 months in order to provide Secret Service protection for Trump's adult kids, and administration members like Mark Meadows and Steve Mnuchin. Mnuchin is worth north of $200 million, but kept his free protection detail for six moths after Trump drug kicking and screaming from DC.
https://news.yahoo.com/trump-order-let-family-ex-185216716.html
 
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