Eric Trump headed to Uruguay on a business trip in early January for the Trump Organization. However, taxpayers were apparently left to foot the bill.
According to the Washington Post, the bill consisted of $97,830 in hotel rooms alone, for Secret Service and embassy staff.
It seems that on the taxpayers’ dime, Trump mingled with real estate brokers and spoke to “hundreds at an ‘ultra exclusive’ Trump Tower Punta del Este evening party celebrating his visit.”
Eric Trump’s Uruguay trip is a gross display of the ways in which the federal government is intermingled with the Trump brand and is a direct byproduct of the president’s refusal to completely divest his ownership stake. As this trip so clearly shows, government agencies are forced to pay to support the business operations of the President’s children (it should be noted that at the time that this trip took place, Donald Trump had not yet been inaugurated). These business operations, however, ultimately benefit the President, himself.
While the Trumps have pledged to uphold a firm division between the government and their own business ties, this does not play out so simply. Regardless of the rhetoric they spew, they will continue to depend on protection funded by the taxpayers as they travel to promote their businesses.
As the Post reports,
“The bill for the Secret Service’s hotel rooms in Uruguay totaled $88,320. The U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, paid an additional $9,510 for its staff to stay in hotel rooms to “support” the Secret Service detail for the “VIP visit,” according to purchasing orders reviewed by The Washington Post.”
A spokesperson for Eric Trump declined answers to questions regarding details about Trump’s trip and would not make him available for an interview.
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