According to a report released on Monday by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Trump hotels charged the Secret Service up to $1,185 a night during his administration, which is more than five times the suggested government cost. The high rates persisted even after he left office.
The investigation discovered that between January 2017 and September 15, 2021, the Secret Service received at least 40 waivers allowing it to spend more than the suggested per diem rates while staying at Trump properties in order to protect Trump as president and former president as well as those around him.
The Secret Service was billed $1,160 for a room at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., for agents guarding Eric Trump, according to a ledger obtained by the Oversight Committee and included in the report. On that night, the government rate in D.C. was $242. Another ledger reveals that the Secret Service was charged $1,185 on November 8, 2017, to lodge agents guarding Donald Trump Jr. The cost to the government was $201
“Any services rendered to the United States Secret Service or other governmental organizations at Trump owned properties were at their request and were either offered at cost, at a substantial discount, or for free,” Eric Trump said in a statement on behalf of the Trump Organization. The business would have been far better off if it had only supplied hospitality services to paying customers, yet it nevertheless went above and above to make accommodations for the agencies so they could do their duties to the best standards — what an amazing group of men and women!
The Secret Service stated that it would reply to the investigation’s conclusions in direct talks with the committee.
According to Secret Service spokesman Steve Kopek, “The U.S. Secret Service has received a letter from the House Oversight Committee asking information pertaining to protection-related hotel expenses.” The agency will respond directly to the committee with the required material.
According to numbers first revealed by The Washington Post, the total amount charged by Trump Organization facilities to the Secret Service for officers’ lodging while traveling to protect former President Trump exceeded $1.4 million.
But it wasn’t previously known that a single night’s stay for the agents might run the government organization, and hence taxpayers, up to $1,185.
In a letter to Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle on Monday, the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, Carolyn Maloney, outlined the recent discoveries and mentioned that, at the time, President Trump had stated that federal employees traveling with him would be able to stay at his company’s properties for free or at a reduced rate.
According to Maloney, “the outrageous rates charged to the Secret Service and agents’ frequent stays at Trump-owned properties raise significant concerns about the former President’s self-dealing and may have resulted in a taxpayer-funded windfall for the struggling businesses of the former President Trump.”
The analysis discovered Trump made 547 trips to his properties while he was president, including 145 trips to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, according to a study by Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington. In order to safeguard the president as well as other dignitaries and foreign leaders, agents were obliged to remain at Trump Organization hotels.
According to the committee, the per diem for Secret Service employees is typically calculated using a formula that takes into consideration the time of year and the location, and higher rates are typically subject to agency scrutiny.
Maloney wrote in her letter to the Secret Service, “The Secret Service got authorization for more flexibility for spending during protective missions, including per diem expenses beyond the government rate.
Maloney claimed that the amount may be higher than the $1.4 million previously disclosed and that the committee is still seeking a complete accounting of Secret Service spending at Trump Organization sites.