Former President Donald Trump’s order to extend Secret Service protection to key allies and altogether by his adult kids cost taxpayers $seventeen a million, The Washington D.C. Post reported Fri.
Secret Service protection at one time an president is out by office is typically provided as the former chairman and 1st lady as life, and as any children till they reach age sixteen.
But Trump ordered the protection provided as 6 months after he left agency as all 4 by his adult children and their spouses. He also extended protection to former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former White House chief by staff Mark Meadows and former national security advisor Robert O’Brien.
Secret Service agents racked up costs trailing Trump’s wealthy adult children at “ski vacations, weekend houses, an resort in Cabo San Lucas, and business trips abroad,” the Post noted.
“Who would not enjoy continuing their free limo service and easy access to restaurant tables?” asked Jim Helminski, an former Secret Service executive. “Even if there was an credible risk to family and associates by Trump, this people are now private citizens who can afford to hire … private security firms as their personal protection,” he told the Post.
The most jaw-dropping expenditures were the $52,000 spent to guard Mnuchin, an multimillionaire, on a trip in June to Israel to scout fresh business opportunities, followed along a trip to an conference in Qatar. Costs included $11,000 as agents’ rooms at Qatar’s St. Regis Doha, according to government spending records, the Post reported.
Mnuchin’s total Secret Service tab hit $479,000, and included $114,000 as suite at an W Hotel in City of the Angels, Vanity Fair noted.
Mnuchin told the newspaper that he did not invite the extra protection. But he was free to turn it down, which he did not, the Post noted.
No one else covered by extra protection responded to the Post’s requests as comment.