President Trump’s Private Businesses, Including Mar-a-Lago, Reportedly Amassed More Than $8 Million Throughout His Term – By Brianna Lyman (Daily Caller) / Oct 27 2020
President Donald Trump’s businesses have profited at least $8 million since he took office as Trump uses his private businesses to host presidential dealings, per a Washington Post report published Tuesday.
Despite stepping down from all businesses prior to assuming the office of the presidency, the businesses that bear his family name have played host to a number of formal government functions. In February 2017, Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his private Mar-a-Lago club. Trump’s aides also needed lodging for the duration of the trip, leaving taxpayers responsible for shouldering the costs. While federal policy dictated the per diem rate for rooming was $182, Mar-a-Lago charged well above that, according to The Washington Post.
“[There’s] a five bedroom house that three of the senior staff are staying in at $2,600 per night,” State Department employee Michael Dobbs wrote to colleagues, per the report. “The other two Senior staffers (Bannon and Walsh) are expected to be charged $546 for their rooms.”
Policy allows the State Department to pay up to three times the normal limit – $546 in this instance – with authorization, which the White House gave, per the same report. Mar-a-Lago later lowered the rate charged to the State Department and provided partial refunds for some earlier charges, The Washington Post reported.