State Department spent $15,000 on rooms for Trump hotel ribbon-cutting
According to invoices obtained by The Washington Post via the Freedom of Information Act, the State Department paid $15,000 to book 19 rooms for most of the adult Trump kids at their own hotel in Vancouver.
Donald “Fredo” Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Vanessa “thought he was retarded” Trump, Lara Trump, and Tiffany Trump, along with their Secret Service details, were put up at the February 28 ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new property. All of the government staffers did not stay at the Trump property, as $5,000 in receipts were obtained from the Hyatt Regency, which is a short walk from the Trump hotel.
This, naturally, is not the first example of which the Trump clan has used the government to line their own pockets. A lawsuit has been underway about the way in which they’re all wiping their asses with the Constitution, but mostly focuses on dear old dad robbing the taxpayers blind.
Examples cited in the WaPo story:
Since his inauguration, Trump has spent much of his free time at his private business properties, ranging from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida to his golf courses in Virginia and New Jersey. Meanwhile, Trump’s sons — Donald Jr. and Eric — have traveled to Dubai, Vancouver, Uruguay and Ireland to promote the family’s real estate empire.
Such business trips by Trump’s children have put U.S. government agencies in a necessary — albeit potentially awkward — arrangement of engaging in taxpayer-funded transactions with the president’s private company while at the same time protecting the president’s immediate family. The president has refused critics’ demands to divest his assets and has instead placed his business empire into a trust controlled by sons Don Jr. and Eric.
Sadly, it’s pretty unclear what sort of other safeguards are in place to stop the highway robbery. Outside of the pending court battles, there doesn’t seem much oversight within the executive branch. Last week, the director of the Office of Government Ethics resigned in frustration over feeling helpless toward the kleptocratic regime. There wasn’t “much more I could accomplish at the Office of Government Ethics, given the current situation,” Walter Shaub, Jr. told The New York Times.