Secret Service spent nearly $250,000 on protection for Trump's sons during overseas trips

Secret Service spent nearly $250,000 on protection for Trump's sons during overseas trips
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE's two eldest sons racked up nearly $250,000 in Secret Service costs during two trips abroad last year tied to the family's real estate development business, according to documents released Wednesday. 

The documents show that during a February 2017 trip to the United Arab Emirates, the Secret Service paid more than $215,000 to protect Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpSouth Dakota governor flew with Trump on Air Force One after being exposed to coronavirus: report Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Trump Jr. knocks CNN's Chris Cuomo over interview with father: 'I'm not pretending to be a journalist' MORE and Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down GOP lawmakers join social media app billed as alternative to Big Tech Lara Trump: Twitter no longer 'a platform for free speech' MORE, who were there to open the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai. 

That total includes roughly $125,000 spent on airfare, $75,000 on hotel costs and another $18,000 in other expenses, including car and cell phone rentals, according to the documents, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

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That same month, Eric Trump took a trip to the Dominican Republic as he sought to revive a once-abandoned luxury resort project. Secret Service protection for that visit cost far less than the Dubai trip — about $30,000 for airfare, hotel costs and other expenses, according to CREW.

Critics have argued that the Secret Service protection for Trump's two adult sons, who took over day-to-day control of the president's real estate empire when he took office last year, has driven up the agency's spending and stretched its resources as agents follow them across the globe.

President Trump's two eldest sons have traveled frequently for their roles in the Trump Organization. Trump Jr., for example, paid an unofficial visit to India in February to promote his family's real estate projects.

But Trump Jr. has also complained about the round-the-clock presence of Secret Service agents. Last year, he reportedly requested to be removed from the agency's protection, because he wanted more privacy. That protection was later reactivated.