New documents show Trump Organization has charged Secret Service $628,000 since 2017

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE’s company has charged the Secret Service $628,000 in lodging fees since he took office in 2017, according to documents obtained by Public Citizen and an ongoing tally by The Washington Post.

The documents show the federal government charged the Secret Service $157,000 more than was previously known after a three-year Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request battle between Public Citizen and the Secret Service.

The receipts stem from frequent trips the president has made to his Palm Beach, Fla., estate, Mar-a-Lago, and Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. 


The Post has noted that after a thorough search of rentals in the area for comparable homes, the average cost for rent was $3,400, whereas the Trump Organization has charged the government up to $17,000 per month for rent.

Trump’s son, Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpTrump DC hotel did not request rent relief from GSA The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin, Powell: Economy may need more boost; Trump defends malaria drug Ignorance as strength: The three pillars of the Trump presidency MORE, who runs the organization, has previously stated that the government is saving money on those trips because the company does not charge them for lodging.

“If my father travels, they stay at our properties for free,” Eric Trump said in an October interview with Yahoo News. “So everywhere that he goes, if he stays at one of his places, the government actually spends, meaning it saves a fortune because if they were to go to a hotel across the street, they’d be charging them $500 a night, whereas, you know we charge them, like $50.”

However, those numbers don’t match the Post or Public Citizen’s findings. Trump told the Post that the company is legally required to charge a fee, though reporters at the newspaper were unable to find what law he was citing.

“Trump treats the presidency as a self-enrichment scheme,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a left-leaning organization. “Slowly, we’re beginning to learn the size of the bill to taxpayers. It should be crystal clear that this particular ploy is by no means ‘saving a fortune’ as Eric Trump preposterously claimed.”

Separately, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have requested details on Trump’s travel costs as part of negotiations over legislation regulating the Secret Service. However, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinFive questions about the next COVID-19 relief package Senate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Surgeon General stresses need to invest much more in public health infrastructure, during and after COVID-19; Fauci hopeful vaccine could be deployed in December MORE has told the committee that he opposes releasing that information until December, after the general election.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.