President Donald Trump’s youngest daughter, Tiffany, took a trip to Berlin in June which cost American taxpayers over $22,000, reports stated.
The exorbitant cost was a result of the fact that whenever members of the president’s family travel, they must be accompanied by an extensive security detail.
Federal purchase orders obtained by CBS News showed that hotel bills for the Secret Service during Tiffany Trump’s visit to Berlin amounted to $22,439. That figure did not include the cost of the agents’ flights or any additional money paid to them for time spent abroad.
The government appears to have been caught off guard by Tiffany’s vacation. One of the hotel purchase orders reads “URGENT! Rooms Regent USSS (Tiffany Trump visit) June 14-24,” suggesting that the Secret Service did not have advance knowledge of the trip.
Furthermore, the Secret Service was forced to put together an improvised “control room” in the hotel since it does not have an office in Berlin.
Since Mr. Trump was inaugurated in January, his family’s travel habits have cost taxpayers more than $280,000, according to CBS News.
In March, NBC News reported that the federal government paid over $12,000 for a “recreational good rental/ski equipment lease” in preparation for a Trump family vacation to Aspen, Colorado. That figure was in addition to the cost of hotel rooms for the Trumps and their security entourage, which the network couldn’t determine.
Other documents reviewed by the news outlet revealed that over $53,000 in federal funds were spent on hotel bills when Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Tiffany took a February business trip to Vancouver, Canada. Earlier that same month, Trump Jr. and Eric took a business trip to Dubai that cost $16,738.36 in hotel fees. In January, Eric’s business trip to Uruguay cost a whopping $97,830.
Former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow told NPR that the president’s family has to be protected, no matter the price.
“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,” he said. “So by protecting the children, you’re by default protecting the sanctity of the office of the presidency.”
Robert Gordon, a law professor at Stanford University whose focus is on legal history and ethics, suggested that Trump’s children were taking advantage of their privileges.
“Given that this is supplied to them free by the government, shouldn’t they exercise a little common sense and restraint in how far they use this perk?” he told NPR.