Democratic Representative Ted Lieu from California believes President Trump should not be traveling to properties where he holds financial interest, and he’s announced a new bill that would oblige the President to reimburse the government for public money spent on such travel.
“It is unacceptable for the president to maintain an interest in traveling to properties in which he has a direct financial interest, as the U.S. government is responsible for renting space to personnel in said private commercial entities,” Lieu’s bill says.
The Stop Waste and Misuse by the President Act, or “SWAMP” Act, says that Trump traveling to his own properties means American taxpayer’s are “effectively subsidizing the president’s businesses.”
“Every time the president travels to Mar-a-Lago, he necessarily promotes his private business interests via free press at the government’s expense,” the bill alleges.
The SWAMP Act would require all high-ranking officials, including the president, that receive Secret Service protection to reimburse the government for costs stemming from visits to their own properties.
According to Lieu’s legislation, Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago cost $3.7 million each in security alone, and lists other, additional costs.
H/T: The Hill
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