White House Threatens WaPo’s David Farenthold With ‘Dossier’ Attacking His Reporting, After Latest Story on Taxpayer Cash Going to Trump Resorts
White House Deputy Press Secretary and Special Assistant to President Donald Trump, Judd Deere, threatened the Washington Post and writer David Farenthold on Thursday for reporting on fees that Trump’s resort Mar-a-Lago has allegedly charged Secret Service agents over the years.
After the Washington Post reached out to the White House for comment on Farenthold’s story about Mar-a-Lago charging Secret Service agents “resort fees” and “furniture removal” costs, Deere said Trump “turned over the day-to-day responsibilities of running the company though he was not required to” upon becoming president, and “has sacrificed billions of dollars.”
“The Washington Post is blatantly interfering with the business relationships of the Trump Organization, and it must stop,” he continued, before warning, “Please be advised that we are building up a very large ‘dossier’ on the many false David Fahrenthold and others stories as they are a disgrace to journalism and the American people.”
The Washington Post reported that “taxpayers have paid Trump’s businesses more than $900,000 since he took office. At least $570,000 came as a result of the president’s travel,” and that “documents show that the Trump Organization charged daily ‘resort fees’ to Secret Service agents guarding Vice President Pence in Las Vegas and in another instance asked agents to pay a $1,300 ‘furniture removal charge’ during a presidential visit to a Trump resort in Scotland.”
“The Trump Organization charged rates as high as $650 per night for rooms at Mar-a-Lago and $17,000 per month for a cottage at President Trump’s club in Bedminster, N.J.,” the Post revealed, citing “previously released federal receipts and two people who have seen nonpublic records.”
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