Dems want details on Secret Service expenses during Trump's trip to Scottish golf course

Dems want details on Secret Service expenses during Trump's trip to Scottish golf course
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Three Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday penned a letter to the acting inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security demanding details on Secret Service expenses during President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE's trip to his golf course in Scotland last month.

The letter, signed by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren and Sanders question Amazon CEO over Whole Foods anti-union video Senate Dems ask Trump to disclose financial ties to Saudi Arabia Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel MORE (Mass.), Tom Carper (Del.) and Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHillicon Valley: Russia-linked hackers hit Eastern European companies | Twitter shares data on influence campaigns | Dems blast Trump over China interference claims | Saudi crisis tests Silicon Valley | Apple to let customers download their data Dems blast Trump for 'conflating' Chinese, Russian election interference claims Meet the man poised to battle Dems from the White House MORE (D-Md.), criticizes President Trump for spending July 14-15 at the Trump Turnberry golf course in Scotland during his presidential trip to Europe in July. 

"During his stay at Trump Turnberry, the President made no public appearances and played two rounds of golf," the letter, addressed to Acting Inspector General John V. Kelly, reads. "Reporting thus far suggests that this cost American taxpayers over $68,000 for hotel rooms, phone lines, rental cars, and a 'VIP visit.'" 


The letter then cites a Daily Mail article that suggested Trump's golf trip to Scotland could have cost taxpayers over $1.2 million. 

The letter concludes with eight questions, most of which probe how much the Trump-owned golf course profited off of the president's visit, how many Secret Service agents travelled with Trump, and how much the Secret Service spent on various amenities. 

"Before his disastrous summit with Putin, [Donald Trump] chose to use taxpayer dollars to stop off at his luxury Scottish golf resort – a wholly unnecessary stay that could cost Americans up to $1.2 million," Carper tweeted with a copy of the letter.

This is not the first time the president has come under fire for his transportation and security costs. Documents released last month indicated that Trump's two eldest sons racked up nearly $250,000 in Secret Service costs during two trips abroad last year. 

In November 2017, federal purchase orders obtained and reported on by USA Today indicated the Secret Service had  spent at least $144,975 on golf cart rentals alone since Trump took office. 

The Democrats asked Kelly to release the information "to ensure the sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars and better understand any instances of waste, fraud or abuse associated with the President's stay in Scotland."