Dem lawmaker rips Trump's taxpayer spending on Tax Day
© Rep. Ruben Gallego on Twitter

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoTrump officials say US efforts to deter Iran have worked Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress MORE (D-Ariz.) took to Twitter on Tax Day to slam President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE and “his cronies” for a series of controversial spending scandals.

“It’s Bigly Swampy in the Trump Administration,” Gallego tweeted Tuesday. “Someone has to pay for all those private jets and expensive hotels. Bad news — it’s on YOU, the American taxpayer.”

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Gallego first went after Trump’s time spent on the golf course.

 

On Friday, Gallego released a letter on the Trump administration spending with other Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu (Calif.), Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinPelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment House Democrats press leaders to start Trump impeachment MORE (Md.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalPelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval House Democrat: Seattle airport's ban on ICE detainee flights helps 'hold a lawless administration accountable' MORE (Wash.) and Brendan Boyle (Pa.). The letter states that Trump has reportedly spent $58,752,183 so far on travel and security for 95 trips to golf clubs, including multiple Trump-owned properties.

Between January 2017 and October, the Secret Service spent $137,505 on golf carts, Gallego’s swamp graphic says.

The Democrat also took a swing at Trump’s sons for spending more than $190,000 on taxpayer-funded security traveling for business during the first three months of 2017, as reported by The Daily Mail last April.

Gallego then went after members of Trump’s Cabinet, who have been riddled with controversial spending scandals.

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeSenate panel approves Interior nominee over objections from Democrats Interior's border surge puts more officers in unfamiliar role Not 'if' but 'when' is the next Deepwater Horizon spill? MORE reportedly spent $139,000 renovating office doors.

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Artist designs stamp to put Harriet Tubman's face over Jackson's on bills On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers MORE spent nearly $1 million flying on seven trips in military aircraft, according to a watchdog report.

Last year, it was reported that former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceOvernight Health Care: CEO of largest private health insurer slams 'Medicare for All' plans | Dem bill targets youth tobacco use | CVS fined over fake painkiller prescriptions | Trump, first lady to discuss opioid crisis at summit HHS inspector general stepping down from watchdog role Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 MORE cost taxpayers more than $500,000 using military aircrafts for several trips. Price resigned in September after an uproar of his expensive travel. He was replaced by current Secretary Alex Azar in January.

Earlier this month, it was reported that former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonEx-Trump campaign adviser on Tillerson remarks: Trump will 'pick a fight with anybody' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi fires back in feud with Trump Trump fires back at 'dumb as a rock' Tillerson on Putin MORE had spent about $12 million on private consultants to help the agency through Tillerson’s “redesign.”

Gallego also mentioned Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOn The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay Overnight Energy: Democrats push EPA to collect 4K in 'excessive' Pruitt travel expenses | Greens angered over new rules for rocket fuel chemical | Inslee to join youth climate strikers in Las Vegas Democrats push EPA to collect 4K from Pruitt for 'excessive airfare expenses' MORE, who has recently also come under fire for a series of reports on his costly spending.

Pruitt spent $105,000 flying in first class during his initial year in office.

“Pruitt: $43,000 on soundproof office phone booth PLUS $6,000 on biometric fingerprinting locks for the booth,” Gallego tweeted.

A report from the Government Accountability Office on Monday found that the “privacy booth” in Pruitt's office suite was in violation of governmentwide spending law.

And on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Pruitt had cost the government $10,200 to lease a car for a year with bullet-resistant seat covers.