Trump's wealthy kids and former administration officials rack up $1.7 million for frivolous use of Secret Service: report

Trump's wealthy kids and former administration officials rack up $1.7 million for frivolous use of Secret Service: report
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Former President Donald Trump's executive order requiring the U.S. Secret Service to continue guarding his children and key members within his administration comes with a hefty price tag: $1.7 million, according to the Washington Post.

According to The HuffPost, post-presidential Secret Service is typically reserved for former president's, first ladies, and their children up to the age of 16. However, Trump has gone a step further expanding that privilege to his adult children, their spouse's, and some former members of his administration including former U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former national security adviser Robert O'Brien. Their Secret Service detail was set to last for the entire first six months out of office.

The publication reports that Secret Service accumulated the seven-figure bill tailing the former president's ultra-wealthy adult children.

"ski vacations, weekend houses, a resort in Cabo San Lucas, and business trips abroad,” the Post noted.

“Who wouldn’t enjoy continuing their free limo service and easy access to restaurant tables?” asked Jim Helminski, a former Secret Service executive. “Even if there was a credible risk to family and associates of Trump, these people are now private citizens who can afford to hire ... private security firms for their personal protection,” he told the Post.

Out of all the expenses, it is being reported that Mnuchin racked up the most. Citing government spending records, the Post reported the highest expenses came from Mnuchin's trips to Israel and Los Angeles. A total of $52,000 was spent to trail Mnuchin to Israel while another six figure bill was accumulated when he traveled to Los Angeles, Calif.

The publication reports: "Mnuchin's total Secret Service tab hit $479,000, and included $114,000 for rooms at a W Hotel in Los Angeles."

Although Mnuchin claims he never asked for protection, he also had the option to turn the Service down; something he did not do.

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