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Trump's Mar-a-Lago charged the Secret Service almost $16,000 for $396 hotel rooms during presidential Christmas trip

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 05 Apr 2021

<p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/606b4a51a7d803001963ec2e-2000/Trump%20mar-a-lago.jpg" border="0" alt="Trump mar a lago" data-mce-source="Noam Galai/Getty" data-mce-caption="Former President Donald Trump is seen arriving in Florida on Wednesday after leaving Washington, DC for the last time as a sitting president." data-link="https://www.businessinsider.com/mcconnell-republican-senators-conviction-vote-trump-impeachment-trial-2021-1"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Former President Donald Trump's Palm Beach resort raked in $15,846 in US taxpayer money by charging the Secret Service $396-a-night for hotel rooms during Trump's Christmas trip to Florida, The Washington Post first <a href="https://twitter.com/Fahrenthold/status/1379094953364717568">reported</a>.</p><p>The nearly $400 rooms cost almost double the price limit of $205-per-night mandated under federal rules, which can be overridden by the White House. Trump stayed at his Mar-a-Lago resort for <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-said-work-tirelessly-over-christmas-then-went-golfing-2020-12">eight days last December</a> as he golfed and aggressively fought to overturn the 2020 presidential election.</p><p>As president, Trump <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/20/trumps-presidency-ends-where-so-much-it-was-spent-trump-organization-property/">spent 142 days</a> at his gilded Florida property, which he dubbed the "Winter White House." He hosted foreign heads of state while surrounded by his loyal club members, ordered a controversial strike on the Middle East from the resort, and played many rounds of golf with political allies. (He played golf at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach about 87 times, The Post <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/20/trumps-presidency-ends-where-so-much-it-was-spent-trump-organization-property/">reported</a>).</p><p>The former president's 32 trips to Palm Beachamong many other visits to Trump-owned properties over his four years in officecost taxpayers a pretty penny. And that came after Trump <a href="https://factba.se/transcript/donald-trump-speech-ashburn-va-august-8-2016">promised supporters</a> on the campaign trail that, if elected, he wouldn't have time to play golf and likely wouldn't visit his own properties. As of October 2020, Trump's properties had received $2.5 million from American taxpayers and $5.6 million from the president's campaign and fundraising group.</p><p>In the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ballrooms-candles-and-luxury-cottages-during-trumps-term-millions-of-government-and-gop-dollars-have-flowed-to-his-propertiesmar-a-lago-charged-the-government-3-apiece-for-glasses-of-water-for-trump-and-the-japanese-leader/2020/10/27/186f20a2-1469-11eb-bc10-40b25382f1be_story.html">early days</a> of Trump's White House, Mar-a-Lago charged the government $546-a-night for hotel rooms for Trump's staffers. The resort later reimbursed the government for some of its past expenses and began charging the $396 price.</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New documents show thatwhile Trump was trying to overturn the election in December he was still charging the Secret Service $396.15 a night for their hotel rooms at Mar-a-Lago.<br><br>By spending 8 nights at the club over Xmas, Trump brought himself another $15,846 from taxpayers. <a href="https://t.co/NyaD51OW4x">pic.twitter.com/NyaD51OW4x</a></p> David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1379094953364717568'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 5, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><p></p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trumps-mar-a-lago-secret-service-396-night-for-hotel-2021-4#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/worlds-most-expensive-liquid-thoroughbred-horse-semen-2020-3">Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid</a></p>
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