May 18th, 2017
Senator plans attack on Trump's golf costs
With new SWAMP bill
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Republican Senator Ted Lieu has introduced a bill into Congress that would require Trump to reimburse the government for funds spent on travel to his own properties, such as Mar–a–Lago in Florida and the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ.
Lieu’s new bill, the Stop Waste and Misuse by the President (SWAMP) Act, states that Trump’s travel “results in the American taxpayer effectively subsidizing the president’s businesses.” The bill would also require that Trump reimburse the government for Secret Service costs derived from visits to his properties.
“It is unacceptable for the president to maintain an interest in traveling to properties in which he has a direct financial interest, as the U.S. government is responsible for renting space to personnel in said private commercial entities,” Lieu said. “Every time the president travels to Mar-a-Lago, he necessarily promotes his private business interests via free press at the government’s expense.”
The Wall Street Journal has reported that, of the $6 million in “campaign funds” that Trump spent in the first quarter of 2017, $500,000 was directed right back into Trump–owned hotels, restaurants and golf clubs. In total, since the start of his campaign, over $14 million has gone straight back into Trump–owned properties.
We reported recently that Trump has already spent over $15,000 on golf cart hire for his close protection people, and that would appear to be but a drop in the ocean in terms of the overall monies flowing back into his properties.