Trump Jr.'s business trip to India cost taxpayers more than $32,000: report
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According to the Post, the cash was used to cover the costs of hotel rooms for Trump Jr.’s security detail on a trip intended to promote the family’s real estate business.

The government fronted a $15,166 bill for Trump Jr.’s trip in addition to one $3,501 bill and a $13,468 bill for hotel rooms in Pune, amounting to $32,135, the Post reported, based on its review of General Services Administration purchase orders.

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The government also reportedly paid an additional $9,880 for a “VIP visit” in Kolkata, government records show. 

Federal law dictates that the Secret Service is authorized to protect the sitting U.S. president and vice president as well as their immediate family members.

Catherine Milhoan, spokeswoman for the Secret Service, told the Post that the “U.S. Secret Service does not comment on the specifics of protectees’ trips,” when asked about the cost of the business trip for the president’s son. 

A spokeswoman for the State Department also declined to comment on the details of security matters to the Post, and the Trump Organization did not respond to requests for comments from the publication.

Earlier this week, Quentin Kopp, the San Francisco ethics commissioner filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Secret Service for refusing to release details on how much security for Trump Jr.'s trip to India cost. 

Kopp argued that taxpayers should not be covering costs for a trip in which the president's family can profit from their work in the Trump Organization.  

“It’s private business at the expense of taxpayers,” Kopp said Tuesday. “I’m a taxpayer. I resent it.” 

The report comes as the Trump administration continues to be scrutinized over possible conflicts of interest in the White House.

In July, the president’s two eldest sons faced criticism after it was reported they racked up nearly $250,000 in Secret Service costs during trips abroad last year tied to the family's real estate development business.