Can the Trump family get any more infuriating?
Tiffany Trump for the most part stays out of Trump business, and she’s been absent in her family’s Russia drama over the past month by being out of the country, vacationing with her boyfriend and posting fabulous Instagram photos. But a new report from CBS News proves that her trips are costing American taxpayers.
Purchase orders obtained by CBS News showed that the government spent $22,439 on hotel expenses while Trump was abroad in Berlin in June. The Secret Service had to use a hotel room as a home base of sorts while overseeing her security for the visit, which judging from her social media posts included a stop at the Brandenburg Gate.
Trump and her boyfriend, Ross Mechanic, also shared pictures from Budapest, but no information has been released about costs there.
The constantly traveling Trump family is no stranger to scrutiny. In January, Trump’s half-brother Eric cost taxpayers nearly $98,000 when he went on a business trip to Uruguay. The next month, Trump and two of the first sons forced the Secret Service to spend about $53,000 when they stayed in Vancouver for a Trump hotel opening.
At the same time, others have argued it’s necessary to take whatever precautions are necessary to safeguard the president’s children. To that end, the Secret Service asked the Office of Management and Budget earlier this year for an extra $60 million to cover the Trumps.
“If Eric Trump is traveling and let’s say, God forbid, gets attacked and hurt, killed—imagine the impact, the psychological impact, that would have on the president,” Obama-era Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow told NPR. “So by protecting the children, you’re by default protecting the sanctity of the office of the presidency.”