Former President Trump's unusual order extending secret service protection for his four adult children and three top administration officials for six extra months cost taxpayers an additional $1.7 million, according to a report.
Secret Service agents typically protect presidents and their spouses for life, and their children until the age of 16. But Trump's order gave protection to his adult children - Donald Trump Jr., 43; Ivanka, 39; Eric, 37; Tiffany, 27; and their spouses, as well as his Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, his chief of staff Mark Meadows and his national security adviser Robert O'Brien.
But the Trump team's $1.7 million included funding trips for agents to ski vacations, weekend houses, a resort in Cabo San Lucas, according to a Washington Post analysis. Still, the seemingly large tab was only a small fraction of the Secret Service's $2.4 billion budget.
One trip to the Middle East where Mnuchin scouted investment opportunities for his business cost the public dole $52,000.
Taxpayers paid up to $3,000 each for agents' plane tickets and $11,000 for rooms at the Qatar’s luxe St. Regis Doha to guard the multimillionaire former investment banker and Hollywood producer.
Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as the most expensive to protect, costing $479,000
Taxpayers paid up to $3,000 each for agents' plane tickets and $11,000 for rooms at the Qatar’s luxe St. Regis Doha to guard the multimillionaire former investment banker and Hollywood producer
Mnuchin was by far the most expensive to protect - running up a $479,000 bill over six months. Devin