- Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, spent a long weekend at a luxury hotel in the Dominican Republic, and the trip cost taxpayers $US58,000.
- Though the couple paid for their own expenses, the American public paid for their security detail.
Ivanka Trump’s weekend getaway at a luxurious Dominican Republic hotel last summer cost American taxpayers $US58,000.
The first daughter, who serves as a White House adviser, and her husband, Jared Kushner (also a White House adviser), paid for their own costs, but taxpayers picked up the tab for the couple’s security detail. Federal records showed that the bill amounted to nearly $US60,000 – $US32,064 for a “VIP VISIT” to the Amanera resort in Rio, San Juan, and $US26,280 for a charge simply identified as “HOTEL RESERVATION.”
In a statement to Quartz, the White House said Trump and Kushner had followed “all ethics guidelines and rules for White House officials” on their trip.
“The only expenses incurred by the government were due to USSS protection, which they are required to have,” the White House said, adding that advisers don’t have a say over the level of involvement the Secret Service has on their trips.
This is not the most expensive bill taxpayers have had to pay for the president’s children. In 2017, Eric Trump’s trip to Uruguay – on official Trump Organisation business – cost taxpayers about $US100,000 in hotel-room bills.
The Amanera resort is a luxury property in Playa Grande, Rio San Juan, a small Dominican municipality that features breathtaking beaches. Hoy, a local Dominican newspaper, reported in mid-August that Rio San Juan residents observed an “unusual amount of security” around the area, including police and Secret Service agents, at the time of Trump’s visit. Hoy reported that Trump arrived at the Caribbean island in a private jet.
A night at the Amanera resort can cost as low as $US1,750.
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