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eliza1@Bethab1
September 02, 2020

MY HOMEWORK for the debate with Mom. She wants me to research "Trump using his properties for government business and charging the US for it." Here is my counter argument. Anything to add? Did I miss anything?

Hi Mom!

Here is what I found out. What this is referring to is that president Trump, when he travels, stays at his own hotels and properties.

So it’s impossible to know how much a president “traditionally” spends in US Taxpayer dollars on travel without comparing to other presidents. Here is a link to the NTUF (National Taxpayers Union Foundation) which has been reporting on presidential travel. Obama is second in foreign travel – only behind Clinton.
https://www.ntu.org/foundation/tax-page/international-presidential-travel-cost-analyses-archive

So the only issue you could have with this is that Trump is paying his own properties when he stays somewhere. He would need to pay the secret service regardless so we can’t include that cost. So, here is why this doesn’t bother me.
#1 – Trump is charging the US Government COST (not retail) for his stays at his own hotels/ properties.
#2 – The properties presidents usually or historically have stayed at are “The Breakers Palm Beach” and “The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach” now “Eau Palm Beach” (Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Regan and George H.W. Bush have all used these). In addition, other famous spots are Martha’s vineyard and Camp David. The Breakers Palm Beach is owned by Henry Flager. Henry Flager founded Standard Oil. He also built railroads in FL. The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach / Eau Palm Beach is owned by a UK family. Martha’s Vinyard has several private owners, including Jacqueline Onassis. Here is a report on a couple of stays – Bill Clinton got to stay for free as one of his Democratic friends owns a place there and Obama charged the US Taxpyer $50,000 A WEEK for his stay… https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2016/07/31/clintons-obamas-marthas-vineyard/
Camp David is US Navy property.

#3 – Trump is donating his entire Presidential paycheck. So while Trump is charging his stays at “COST” on his own properties, he is taking his pay and donating to the following (this is a screen shot from SNOPES): https://www.snopes.com/news/2019/12/13/president-trump-salary-donation/

So unless I have missed the mark on this, I’m comfortable with Trump charging the US Government for his stays at his own properties.

Your thoughts?

Let me know what you find out about the EPA. 😊

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