President Donald Trump’s youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump, recently took a trip to Berlin that cost American taxpayers over $22,000, according to a report.
The exorbitant cost is a result of the fact that whenever a member of the president’s family travels, he or she has to be accompanied by an extensive security detail.
According to federal purchase orders obtained by CBS News, hotel bills for the Secret Service during Tiffany’s visit to Berlin in June amounted to $22,439. That figure does not include the cost of the agents’ flights or any additional money paid to them for their 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 advanced 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 was in addition to the cost of hotel rooms for the Trumps and their security entourage, which NBC News was not able to 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 business trip to Vancouver, Canada, in February. Earlier that month, Trump Jr. and Eric went on a business trip to Dubai, which cost $16,738.36 in hotel fees. And in January, Eric’s business trip to Uruguay cost a whopping $97,830.
Speaking to NPR, former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow explained 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 are 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.