The only thing worse than paying for an expensive, private vacation…is also not going on it. But that’s exactly what happened to taxpayers when Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. recently took a jaunt to Dubai.
According to a report from CBS News, the trip cost at least an estimated $73,000 in taxpayer money.
“Eric and Donald Trump Jr. traveled to Dubai to spend time with the Trump Organization’s Middle East business partner Hussain Sajwani and his family. Sajwani’s daughter is getting married, according to the Trump Organization and tweets from Sajwani…The trip is for the family business and not related to any government work.”
As a reminder, the children of the president are and ought to be entitled to the protection of the Secret Service insofar as it relates to government affairs. A trip to Dubai for the wedding of a business associate falls under no such scope.
On January 11, 2017, President-elect Donald Trump said that he would not divest from the Trump Organization, in an attempt to allay fears of his involvement with his businesses affecting his decisions as president. However, the Trump family and administration has since shown little devotion to protecting taxpayer dollars, including a $300,000 family trip to Aspen, Colorado last year during spring break.
Other instances of abuse of funds include HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, and other trips by President Trump’s children for non-government reasons.
The Secret Service remained quiet on the topic, as is their usual policy:
“Secret Service spokesperson Mason Brayman emailed CBS News in response to a request for comment on the trip: ‘The Secret Service is conducting a protective operation in the UAE. As a matter of practice we do not comment on the specifics of protectee’s trips.'”
Since Trump came to power, flagrant abuses of power and taxpayer funds have been clearer than ever, and without intervention, will certainly continue.
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