A new story from The Washington Post reports that the State Department spent more than $15,000 on hotel rooms at the new Trump hotel in Vancouver in February.
Members of President Donald Trump’s family traveled to Vancouver at that time to headline the opening of the new hotel, and were accompanied by the Secret Service, which rented out 19 rooms at the hotel.
According to the Post:
The hotel bookings — which were released to The Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act request — reflect the first evidence of State Department expenditures at a Trump-branded property since President Trump took office in January.
A “heavy security presence” accompanied the president’s children — Don Jr., Eric, their wives and Tiffany — on the February 28 trip. The festivities included “a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a VIP party hosted by developer Joo Kim Tiah, the son of one of Malaysia’s wealthiest businessmen.”
The report is sure to fuel criticism of Trump for using the presidency to enrich himself and his family — as the Post notes, “Trump has spent much of his free time at his private business properties, ranging from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida to his golf courses in Virginia and New Jersey.”
Trump refused to divest himself from his company when he became president, merely handing off day-to-day control of the real estate empire to his two sons.
As is the case with many Trump-branded properties, the organization does not own the Vancouver hotel, “but instead has a management and licensing deal.”
“Trump’s most recent financial disclosure reflects that he earned more than $5 million in royalties from the Vancouver project” for the year of 2016 through to April 2017.
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