Donald Trump's Florida resort billed taxpayers $3 for a glass of water and $6,000 for flowers when world leaders visited, according to new invoices obtained by the Washington Post.
Having campaigned on a promise to 'drain the swamp' and end the crony culture of enrichment, the president, once in office, profited enormously.
Limits on per-night room rates were ignored, bar tabs were racked up, and residences were rented even when the president was not around.
Trump Tower is currently being paid $40,000 a month for office space for the campaign, the paper reported, despite the Trump Campaign this time being based out of Arlington, Virginia, and none of Trump's key staff being in New York.
Since Trump took office, his companies have been paid at least $2.5 million by the U.S. government, according to documents obtained by The Post.
Donald and Melania Trump hosted Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan in April 2017
Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's Florida estate, has hosted a series of world leaders
Trump's companies have reportedly been paid at least $2.5 million by the US government
In addition, Trump's campaign and fundraising committee paid $5.6 million to his companies since his inauguration in January 2017.
Those payments continued even this year, as Trump fell behind in polls and his campaign ran short of money.
The White House insisted that the president has not attempted to 'profit off of taxpayers'.
'Any suggestion that the President has used his own official travel or the federal government as a way to profit off of taxpayers is an absolute disgrace and lie,' said Judd Deere, White House spokesman, in a statement.
They did not dispute the papers's receipts, however.
Trump has visited his hotels and clubs more than 280 times, the paper found.
In February 2017, during Trump's first full month on the job, he hosted Japan's then-leader Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago.
Donald Trump hosted Shinzo Abe, the Japanese leader, in April 2018
Trump twice invited Abe to visit him at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, pictured in April 2018
The Abes are pictured dining with the Trumps at Mar-a-Lago in April 2018
Federal policy put a $182-a-night limit on rooms, but Mar-a-Lago charged significantly more.
'[There's] a five bedroom house that three of the senior staff are staying in at $2,600 per night,'