An old clip of Eric Trump has resurfaced in which he says the Secret Service is “saving a fortune” as it was revealed Donald Trump repeatedly charged agents “exorbitant rates”.
The son of the former president and executive vice president of the Trump Organization was speaking at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit on October 10, 2019 when he claimed agents stay at Trump properties for free and don’t charge as housekeeping costs.
“If my father travels, they [Secret Service agents] stay at our properties for free — that is, like the cost of housekeeping,” he said at the time.
“The government is actually spending, which means they’re saving a fortune, because if they went to a hotel across the street, they’d charge them $500 a night, whereas, you know, we charge about $50,” he added.
However, new documents obtained by Congress have revealed that Donald Trump charged the Secret Service amounts higher than the government-approved rate in 40 cases – in one case charging 1,185 per night to stay in a now closed hotel from downtown Washington DC.
Records obtained as part of an investigation by the Democratic-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee show that US taxpayers paid the Trump Organization at least $1.4 million for the agents’ stay, which which was for his protection and that of his family.
“The exorbitant rates charged to the Secret Service and frequent visits by agents to Trump-owned properties raise significant concerns about the former president’s personal dealings and may have resulted in a taxpayer-funded windfall for ailing Trump businesses. ‘former President Trump,’ the oversight chair wrote. Caroline Maloney.
In a statement, Eric Trump again disputed claims that the company benefited from Secret Service stays at their properties.
“Any services rendered to the United States Secret Service or other government agencies at Trump-owned properties were at their request and were either provided at cost, heavily discounted, or free,” he said. declared.
“The company would have been significantly better off had the hospitality services been sold to paying customers, however, the company did all it could to accommodate agencies to ensure they were able to do their job at the highest level.”
Mr. Trump made frequent visits to properties, nearly 550 times during his four years in office, and security guards had to follow him wherever he went in accordance with security protocol, according to a report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.