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The State Division is aware of how a lot it has been funneling to Trump … but it surely’s not going to let you know

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As The Washington Post experiences (and by Washington Submit, I imply David Fahrenthold) the paperwork had been assembled in response to a public-records lawsuit which the Submit received earlier this 12 months. In response, the State Division had promised to launch 300 pages on Thursday. As a substitute, they despatched the Submit two (2) pages. These two pages: “the receipts of a single lodge invoice from Trump’s Irish golf course, involving safety for Trump’s daughter-in-law and marketing campaign adviser Lara Trump.”

That single invoice is a slap within the face to each the general public and the entire thought of transparency. Nevertheless, it’s additionally a reminder of simply how broad a collection of paperwork the State Division has in the case of Trump. It’s not simply Donald Trump and his huge entourage that racks up six determine payments each single day they’re parked at one among his properties. Your entire prolonged first household can be touring the taxpayer dime, with these dimes typically being channeled proper again dwelling by ensuring they — and their advisors, assistants, and safety personnel — keep at Trump properties.

The State Division additionally typically picks up the tab for overseas dignitaries when they’re in america, and so they additionally after all pay the invoice when Mike Pompeo or any of the departments 13,000 staff are on the street. How a lot of that cash goes again to Trump? We merely have no idea.

We do know that Trump by no means misses a chance to pad his personal accounts. The person who went out of his approach to cash a $0.13 check raised room costs through the Republican Conference by 60% … and that was only a digital conference. The costs anybody strolling right into a Trump lodge may face appear astoundingly fluid, with costs in December of 2019 taking pictures as much as 13 times the normal rate, as Trump funneled cash from a marketing campaign occasion to his private accounts. A lodge room that usually went for $500, was jacked as much as $6,719 that night time in order that Trump may maximize his take.

How a lot as Trump been taking part in this sport with authorities guests, charging them past prime greenback to maximise revenue from his place? It’s unclear, however based mostly on the contracts between the Trump Organization and the Secret Service, it’s clear he’s not giving anybody a reduction. 

The Submit had previously identified $1.2 million in authorities {dollars} that was largely introduced into Trump motels by the travels of Ivanka, Don Jr, and Eric. That features $245,000 from the Secret Service alone. However for an correct take a look at simply how a lot Trump is benefiting from the flexibility to inform everybody within the authorities when to journey, the place to remain, and the way a lot to pay, it should require extra transparency. Which isn’t forthcoming.

The State Division was supposed at hand over the paperwork in two batches, one on Thursday, with the second batch on November 16 … two weeks after the election.

Apparently the only receipt handed over now counts as the primary “batch.” And for those who’re ready to see what’s within the the rest, don’t rely on it arriving in November. Or on another date.

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