Trump Jr's Private Business Trip Cost Taxpayers Over $32,000

| AUG 17, 2018 | 7:57 PM

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Donald Trump Jr.'s recent trip to India promoting his business cost taxpayers tens of thousands, and there's still more unaccounted for, according to the Washington Post

Trump visited India in February to meet with buyers of four Trump luxury residential real estate projects in Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, and outside the capital, New Delhi.

The government fronted $15,166 for accommodations along with another bill for $3,501 for the president's son's first stop in Mumbai. Accommodations cost $13,468 for Trump Jr. and his Service in Pune, India. In total, the documents obtained showed $32,135 in expenses for the trip. 

Some ethics experts aren't happy with the spending. Vice Chairman on the San Fransisco Ethics Commission, Quentin L. Kopp, filed a lawsuit this week, claiming that the Secret Service is violating the Freedom of Information Act by not providing details of the expenses of the trip. 

“It’s private business at the expense of taxpayers,” Kopp said. “I’m a taxpayer. I resent it.”

The Trump children have been under fire before in their dealing with business since the cost to keep them protected by Secret Service can be enormous. 

Last year, the Secret Service spent over $200,000 accompanying Don Jr. and Eric Trump on a trip to the United Arab Emirates last year, promoting their new golf club. 

In addition to the over $23,000 spent on accommodation in February, the report also lists $9,880 expense for a “VIP visit“ to Kolkata, India. It is unclear who the ”VIP" is. 

The records listing the cost of the trip to the capital are not yet available. 

A spokesperson for the Secret Service, Catherine Milhoan, declined to comment the details of Trump's trip. "U.S. Secret Service does not comment on the specifics of protectees’ trips,” she told the Post.