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Government Accountability Office will review Mar-a-Lago security procedures

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will review how President Trump secures classified information when he visits his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., according to a Tuesday Reuters report.

It will also look at how the Secret Service screens Mar-a-Lago guests and examine the expenses of government employees who travel to Florida with the president, according to a letter the agency sent to lawmakers on Friday.

{mosads}Last month, multiple Democratic lawmakers expressed concern that the president mishandled classified information after photos surfaced showing Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviewing photos of North Korea’s nuclear program at Mar-a-Lago. The White House has denied that classified documents were present while Trump talked with Abe in the club’s guest-filled dining room.

In a February letter, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Democratic Sens. Tom Udall (N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) asked the GAO to investigate whether Trump may have violated security protocol.

Cummings said Monday that the GAO will conduct an “independent review” of how Trump spends his weekends at what he’s dubbed his “winter White House.”

The agency will also examine whether Trump kept the pledge he made before taking office to donate to the Treasury any profits Trump hotels make from foreign agents or governments.

The White House did not immediately respond to Reuters’s request for comment.

Udall also introduced legislation on Friday that would require the Trump administration to make public the logs of people who met with Trump at his Florida resort and other locations.

He said Monday at a press conference that American citizens should know whom their president is meeting with, saying they “deserved to know who has access to the president, how much it’s costing to protect him and whether the Trump Organization is benefiting from that protection.”

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