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Taxpayers Paid Thousands For Eric Trump’s Trips To Scotland

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Former President Donald Trump is at the center of controversy as a new report details how he and members of his family benefited financially from his time in the White House.

According to a new report published by The Scotsman, U.S. taxpayers were left to foot the bill for Trump and his family members' trips to his foreign luxury golf resorts in Turnberry and Doonbeg. The publication reports that the invoices were obtained by the Washington, D.C.-based ethics watchdog organization American Oversight under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The report shows a number of invoices adding up to thousands of dollars for the former first family. One invoice, dated August 14, 2017, had a total cost of approximately $7,000 — equivalent to £5,400. Although it remains unclear who may have visited the resort at that particular time, Trump's younger son Eric did travel there later that month.

In addition to that invoice, there were other invoices from Trump's resort totally approximately £5,310 and £6,680. Those invoices were to cover the cost of Secret Service travel accommodations during Eric's stay.

According to the report, "US taxpayers were charged thousands of dollars for luxury-car rentals during Eric's visit in July 2017."

Austin Evers, the executive director of American Oversight, weighed in with his concerns about the charges to U.S. taxpayers. "No one objects to the Trump family receiving Secret Service protection," Evers said, adding, "but every time they charge their security detail to stay at a Trump hotel, thousands of taxpayer dollars line their pockets."

The latest comes just months after the former president faced scrutiny over the conflicts of interest between his businesses and the presidency. Throughout Trump's time in office, he reportedly had a pattern of charging U.S. taxpayers for his stays at his own properties. The former president is said to have received at least $8 million from U.S. taxpayers.

The Trump Organization has not yet responded to the latest report.

'This Is Insane': Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Won't Let The Secret Service Use Their Bathrooms

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of disgraced President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, also a senior advisor in the Trump administration, certainly view themselves as American royalty, but a recent Washington Post report takes their superiority complex to the next level. According to the paper, the couple didn't let US Secret Service agents, tasked with protecting them, use a single bathroom in their huge mansion.

"Instructed not to use any of the half-dozen bathrooms inside the couple's house," The Post report read. "The Secret Service detail assigned to President Trump's daughter and son-in-law spent months searching for a reliable restroom to use on the job, according to neighbors and law enforcement officials."

To make things even worse, in the Secret Service's attempt to find a bathroom, they had to use precious taxpayer dollars to pay for a porta-potty.

"It came at a cost to U.S. taxpayers. Since September 2017, the federal government has been spending $3,000 a month — more than $100,000 to date — to rent a basement studio, with a bathroom, from a neighbor of the Kushner family," wrote Washington Post reporters Peter Jamison, Carol Leonnig, and Paul Schwartzman.

That's right: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner would rather spend your hard-earned money than just let the Secret Service use one of their 6.5 bathrooms.

The Post also noted that a White House spokesperson denied the report, while a Secret Service spokeswoman declined to answer.

Twitter wasted no time chiming in on the insanity of the report.

"This is INSANE," tweeted Hannah Natanson, a Washington Post reporter.


The Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones Clara Jeffery also chimed in saying, "oh. my. GOD. Javanka wouldn't let their Secret Service detail use any of their SIX bathrooms, so they had to go to neighbors INCLUDING THE OBAMAS to find a toliet. Finally rented a studio, at taxpayer expense. THEY ARE THE WORST."


And that was just the beginning. Enjoy some more Twitter reactions:






What Will Secret Service Do If Trump Refuses To Leave On January 20?

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Could an autogolpe happen in the United States next month? With President Donald Trump's level of unpredictability, top government officials are on edge as they brace for what he could possibly do next. However, insiders have reported that the Secret Service has no plan of counteraction in place if President Donald Trump refuses to leave the White House in January, according to The Daily Beast.

The publication recently pressed a number of top officials, consisting of "Secret Service presidential details, agency heads, and military planners," for a rundown on the seemingly impossible scenarios that could very well come to fruition given Trump's record of pursuing the "unbelievable."

Many refused to speak publicly for fear they would "encourage President Donald Trump to cross a line that authorities haven't conceived of."

However, top-ranking government officials laid out two problematic scenarios that may arise in January: "One is: Will there be a question about who the president really is? The other: What happens if, in a fit of pique, the former president simply will not vacate the seat of American government."

"What if he sits down at the Resolute Desk and dares someone to physically remove him? What if he occupies a couch in the residence? The harm here is real, beyond how ridiculous the performance would look to the rest of the world: A functional president requires a functioning office."

One former Secret Service official, who opted to remain anonymous, shared where he would begin to approach the issue. "I'd have a conversation with the chief of staff, and then the family, Ivanka, and the other kids, and say, it's going to be your job to make sure he's gone."

Another alternative could be to use his staff against him, according to one former official. "When the staff leaves on January 19, don't let them back into the complex the next day, another former official said. "He can't do anything without his staff."

"I really think it would be up the Republican Party if he were to try something like that," a second former official said. "The Service and the military would just not want to get involved. It's not our role."

A former Secret Service agent disagreed, noting Trump's refusal to leave the White House would make him, by law, "a trespasser."

"We'd have to escort him out," they said.

Trump’s Super-Spreader Presidency Devastates Secret Service

Donald Trump's superspreader campaign rallies have wreaked havoc on the Secret Service, with more than 130 officers now either infected or in quarantine because of exposure to the coronavirus, according to a report from the Washington Post.

The outbreak in the ranks of the team meant to protect the president amounts to roughly 10 percent of the "core security team," the Washington Post reported.

The news comes after Trump held multiple rallies across the country — including in states that were experiencing massive outbreaks — where both top Trump campaign officials, as well as the thousands of attendees, refused to wear masks or practice the social distancing that public health experts say slows the spread of the deadly virus.

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