U.S. taxpayers paid Donald Trump’s resorts in Ireland and Scotland for previously undisclosed visits to his family and the Secret Service in 2017, The Scotsman reported over the weekend, providing further evidence of how Trump’s family benefited from his tenure.
The Scot said his report was based on bills and expense records from American Oversight, an ethics watchdog in Washington, DC.
The documents included a bill for £ 5,400, or about $ 7,000, from Trump’s Turnberry Resort in Scotland dated Aug. 14, 2017, the report said.
The Scot said it was unclear who visited Turnberry this month, but Trump’s son Eric flew to Scotland the previous month to play golf at his father’s resorts.
The newly disclosed expenses also included bills for £ 5,310 and £ 6,680 in July and April 2017 from Trump’s Doonbeg resort in Ireland to cover Secret Service accommodations during Eric’s travels, The Scotsman reported.
The records also showed that U.S. taxpayers were billed thousands of dollars for luxury car rentals during Eric’s July 2017 visit, the report said.
Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, told The Scotsman, “Nobody objects to the Trump family being given protection by the Secret Service, but every time they incriminate their security guards into staying at a Trump hotel , thousands of tax dollars are filling their pockets. “
The recent revelations are part of a pattern where Trump will be charging taxpayers for stays at his own resorts during his tenure.
During that time, Trump’s real estate reportedly raised at least $ 8.1 million from U.S. taxpayers and Trump’s supporters. His Mar-a-Lago club in Florida even charged taxpayers $ 3 for a glass of water when Trump welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2018.
Trump was criticized when Politico reported in September 2019 that members of the US Air Force had stopped at his resort in Turnberry and stayed there for days; The report said he had “raised the possibility that the military helped keep Trump’s Turnberry resort afloat.”
The Secret Service spent more than $ 1 million on stays at Trump-owned resorts during its presidency, the Washington Post reported in October.
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.