July 18, 2018
Taxpayers spent nearly $250,000 on hotels, airfare and other costs for Secret Service protection for Eric and Donald Trump Jr., in one month for two overseas trips by Eric and Donald Trump Jr. in which they visited Trump family businesses, according to documents obtained by CREW.
The Secret Service documents, received through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, shed light on how much taxpayers are paying for trips taken by the heads of the president’s private business empire.
In February 2017, Eric and Don Jr. flew to Dubai to open a Trump-branded golf club. On the Dubai trip, the Secret Service paid more than $200,000, including about $125,000 for airfare, $75,000 for hotel rooms and more than $15,000 for “other” expenses including cell phones, car service and other transportation. The business trip cost taxpayers significantly more than the $73,000 in Secret Service cost for a 2018 trip to Dubai for the Trump sons to attend the wedding of the daughter of a business partner.
That same month, Eric Trump traveled to the Dominican Republic to potentially relaunch a failed Trump-branded resort project. When compared to the bill taxpayers were stuck with from Dubai, the Dominican Republic trip was a bargain at just more than $20,000* for airfare, hotel rooms, auto rental and additional expenses.
CREW also received documents for the Trump brothers’ trips to Vancouver and Uruguay in April 2017. While some of the costs of these trips have already been made public, including $15,000 spent at a Trump-branded property, the documents—which give a fuller picture of costs—have not.
* This figure has been amended following the discovery of an erroneous document in the FOIA response.