$3 for a Glass of Water? Trump Reportedly Charged US Government Millions to His Businesses
A new report has delved into the previously unreported business relationships Donald Trump has personally benefited from the federal government throughout his presidency, and how taxpayer funds flowed into his properties as coverage for massive expenses.
The article from Washington Post begins with a focus on the 2018 meeting when Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago instead of the White House. The government footed the bill for their two-day meeting, which totaled over $36,000 in expenses for guest rooms, flower arrangements, and food and drinks.
“Trump’s club even charged for the smallest of services,” the article reads. “When Trump and Abe met alone, with no food served, the government still got a bill for what they drank. ‘Bilateral meeting,’ the bill said. ‘Water.’ $3 each.”
The Post goes on to say they’ve analyzed public records for the financial transactions between the government and Trump’s businesses throughout his presidency, and they found he received at least $2.5 million from the federal government and $8.1 million overall from the dynamic between his supporters and his business.
Trump has visited his own properties nearly 300 times throughout his term, in which time, the Post’s analysis says his company billed the government “for hotel rooms, ballrooms, cottages, rental houses, golf carts, votive candles, floating candles, candelabras, furniture moving, resort fees, decorative palm trees, strip steak, chocolate cake, breakfast buffets, $88 bottles of wine and $1,000 worth of liquor for White House aides. And water.”
The Trump Organization and his reelection campaign declined to comment on the story, but White House spokesman Judd Deere had this to say in lieu of answering questions:
Any suggestion that the President has used his own official travel or the federal government as a way to profit off of taxpayers is an absolute disgrace and lie.
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