Tax­pay­ers billed $1,092 for of­fi­cial’s stay at Mar-a-Lago

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE -

the White House made a point of say­ing that Abe would stay at the club free of charge as a per­sonal guest of Trump.

The March in­voice was pro­vided to the ad­vo­cacy group by the Coast Guard in re­sponse to a broader Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quest seek­ing records on the agency’s ex­penses re­lated to Trumpaf­fil­i­ated prop­er­ties. The Coast Guard FOIA of­fice searched the agency’s credit card pay­ment records, which led it to the in­voice, ac­cord­ing to an ex­pla­na­tion pro­vided by the agency. did not re­spond to ques­tions, in­clud­ing whether Trump’s com­pany reg­u­larly charges the gov­ern­ment for mem­bers of his trav­el­ing party to stay at the club.

The dis­clo­sure of the gov­ern­ment pay­ment to Mar-a-Lago comes as Trump, who has re­tained own­er­ship of his real es­tate and ho­tel com­pany, faces per­sis­tent al­le­ga­tions that he has in­ap­pro­pri­ately prof­ited from his ten­ure in pub­lic of­fice. Some crit­ics have al­leged that by do­ing busi­ness with for­eign gov­ern­ments and other en­ti­ties, Trump has vi­o­lated the Con­sti­tu­tion’s for­eign “emol­u­ments” clause, which pro­hibits the pres­i­dent from re­ceiv­ing gifts or ben­e­fits from for­eign gov­ern­ments.

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