REPORT: Trump’s trade rep spent nearly $4K on office desk


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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer racked up nearly $4,000 by purchasing and returning a desk and then buying a replacement, according to emails reviewed by ABC News.

The emails, obtained by the watchdog group American Oversight along with receipts, showed that Lighthizer’s office replaced his original desk, returned the replacement and then bought a new desk. The desks and shipping cost nearly $4,000 in total, even though the Government Accountability Office (GAO) prohibits Cabinet secretaries from spending $5,000 on office redecorating without prior approval from Congress.

The article goes on to state the following:

American Oversight, which was founded by officials from the Obama administration, said the emails were from a five-week period between June and July 2017. Much of the correspondence about furniture was carried out using Lighthizer’s personal email.

Lighthizer, who was appointed by President Trump and confirmed in May 2017, purchased a desk on July 11 for $2,700, according to the ABC News report. Expedited shipping for his desk cost another $575.

According to the emails obtained by ABC, Lighthizer grew unhappy with the desk and decided to replace it.

“The part where ones [sic] legs go under the center drawer is not finished and would ruin suit pants. Horrible,” Lighthizer wrote, according to ABC. “The desk “is not functional. Drawers are too hard to open close [sic].”

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