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The Grifters In The White House

October 26, 2020

Not for the first time does Caffeinated Politics call attention to the money-grubbing activities of the Donald Trump family. In years to come it seems fair to say that modern dictionaries will place the above picture alongside the definition for grifter.

From the start of Trump’s term in office reporters have covered the money-making schemes of his children. Readers of older literature might recall the term unsightly as one word that could be applied for the actions of this family.

The Washington Post has been researching how much taxpayer money has the government paid to the businesses of the Trump company. In other words, how much money has Trump’s family made off of government ‘service’? Needless to say the White House won’t reveal such numbers. The Trump family will not supply information about their shenanigans.

So it takes journalists and reporters to assist the nation in better understanding what their ‘leader’ and his family are doing. The Post is undertaking that task one receipt at a time.

And the nation thanks the newspaper.

Eric Trump took his Secret Service agents to Trump golf courses in Scotland, as he led transatlantic tours for paying customers. Donald Trump Jr. took his protectors to the Trump hotel in Vancouver, stopping over on hunting trips to Canada.

And Ivanka Trump took her Secret Service detail to the Trump golf club in Bedminster, N.J., again and again — even after she asked other Americans to “please, please” stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.

On trips like these, Secret Service agents were there to protect Trump’s children. But, for the Trump family business, their visits also brought a hidden side benefit.


That’s because when Trump’s adult children visited Trump properties, Trump’s company charged the Secret Service for agents to come along. The president’s company billed the U.S. government hundreds, or thousands, of dollars for rooms agents used on each trip, as the agency sometimes booked multiple rooms or a multiroom rental cottage on the property.

In this way, Trump’s adult children and their families have caused the U.S. government to spend at least $238,000 at Trump properties so far, according to Secret Service records obtained by The Washington Post.

Government ethics experts say that nothing is wrong with Trump’s children seeking protection from the Secret Service.

But, they said, the Trump Organization’s decision to charge for the agents’ rooms created a situation in which — just by traveling — Trump’s children could bring taxpayer money to their family’s business.

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