Trump Kids’ Secret Service Detail Extension Projected To Cost Over $1 Million For 6 Months
A new report by the nonprofit Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) revealed that former President Donald Trump’s decision to expand Secret Service protection for his four adult children cost at least $140,000 in just the first month since he left office.
“That figure, however, does not include charges at Trump properties in Bedminster, Palm Beach and Briarcliff, New York, which would likely bring the actual total much higher,” the report reads.
CREW’s report was written around a freedom of information request from February. The acquired records show the Secret Service spent about $52,300 on transportation and nearly $89,000 on hotel costs while following around Trump’s adult children in his first 30 days since leaving office.
For example, the Secret Service spent $62,600 in January while accompanying Ivanka and her family while on a 10 day trip in Salt lake City. The Secret Service also provided protection to Eric and his wife as they traveled up and down the east coast. They spent $10,250 accompanying Eric’s family for a four day trip to Palm Beach.
Records also showed Tiffany was granted protection in Miami during this month. Donald Jr. had protection during a six-day trip to Palm Beach in February that cost $9,000. Trump has only traveled once since leaving office in January.
Lifetime Secret Service protections are granted for all former presidents and first ladies and minor children of presidents are also usually granted temporary protection. Former president Barak Obama’s daughters were both granted protection when he left office because they were still teenagers at the time.
President Joe Biden would have to approve any other extensions after the six months is over.
Trump’s decision to extend his children’s protection received criticism from people who argued he used his presidential role to show favoritism to his family and enrich his businesses.
CREW reported that once the full six month protection is over, the total cost could reach up to $1 million.