Trump reportedly granted Secret Service protections to all his adult children and 3 top officials before he left the White House. It will cost US taxpayers millions.

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Outgoing US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2021

  • Former President Donald Trump granted extended Secret Service protections to his four adult children and their spouses before he left the White House, The Washington Post reported.
  • Former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and former National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien will also receive the expensive, full-time security detail.
  • The extended security detail could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, especially given the amount of traveling that the Trump children do related to the family company.
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Former President Donald Trump extended Secret Service protections for all of his adult children and their spouses, as well as three top administration officials, just before leaving the White House, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The taxpayer-funded security will be extended to Trump’s four adult children and their spouses – Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and wife Lara Trump, and Tiffany Trump, three people familiar with the president’s request told The Post. Trump’s grandchildren will also be included in the protections deriving from that of their parents.

Former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and former National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien were also granted Secret Service protections by the president, according to The Post report.

The extended security detail could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, The Post reported, especially given the amount of traveling that the Trump children do related to the family company, the Trump Organization.

“From 2017 to 2019, government records show, Trump family members took more than 4,500 trips that required the Secret Service to travel alongside them, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars,” according to The Post report.

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Typically, Trump and his wife Melania are automatically granted the expensive 24-hour protection for their lifetimes, and their 14-year-old son Barron will receive such protections until the age of 16. Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence are also entitled to full-time security detail post-administration for the next six months.

Trump isn’t the first president to extend Secret Service protections to those who aren’t automatically entitled to receive them. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush granted security details to their college-age daughters for a period of time following their terms. Former President Barack Obama extended protections to his daughters Sasha and Malia after he left office, who were in high school and college respectively.

The news of the security detail extension comes on the heels of President Joe Biden being inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States just before noon on Wednesday. Just hours before, Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump left the White House aboard Marine One to Palm Beach, Florida.

The Secret Service is also prepping to grant protections to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and their families, including Biden’s two adult children and Harris’ two stepchildren.

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner spent $100K of taxpayer money renting a bathroom so Secret Service agents didn’t have to use theirs

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump walk on the south lawn of the White House on November 29, 2020.

  • Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have spent $100,000 on bathroom accommodations for their Secret Service detail after barring the agents from using their bathrooms, The Washington Post reported
  • Law enforcement officials told The Post that the president’s daughter and son-in-law barred the Secret Service from using their 6.5 bathrooms when they first moved into their DC mansion in 2017. 
  • In September 2017, the federal government began renting a $3,000-a-month studio apartment across the street from the Trump-Kushner residence for the agents’ bathroom needs.
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Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner, a top aide to the president, have spent about $100,000 on bathroom accommodations for their Secret Service detail after prohibiting the agents from using the bathrooms in their Washington mansion, The Washington Post reported Thursday. 

Law enforcement officials told The Post that the president’s daughter and son-in-law barred the Secret Service from using their 6.5 bathrooms when they first moved into their home in DC’s wealthy Kalorama neighborhood in 2017. Instead, they offered the agents a porta-potty outside on the sidewalk.

But after multiple neighbors complained about the porta-potty, the agents were forced to relieve themselves at a bathroom in former President Barack Obama’s garage nearby, at the vice president’s compound a mile up Massachusetts avenue, and at businesses in the area. 

Finally, in September 2017, the federal government began renting a $3,000-a-month studio apartment across the street from the Trump-Kushner residence for the agents’ bathroom needs. The government has so far spent about $100,000 on rent for the basement apartment and is expected to spend another $44,000 as the apartment has been leased until September 2021.

White House spokesman Judd Deere denied that Trump and Kushner had prohibited their Secret Service detail from using the bathrooms in their house in a statement to The Post. 

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Doctor who criticized Trump’s actions during COVID-19 hospital stay removed from Walter Reed schedule: report

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A car with US President Trump drives past supporters in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020.

  • Dr. James Phillips has been removed from the schedule at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center beginning in January, according to CBS News.
  • Phillips criticized President Donald Trump for his decision to greet supporters while he was being treated for COVID-19 in October.
  • During an October 5 interview on “Today,” Phillips said that Trump’s actions were “a dangerous move” and the “wrong message to be sending.”
  • Walter Reed officials told CBS News that the hospital “provides requirements for contract positions,” and stated that “schedules are determined by the contractor.”
  • The president was treated at Walter Reed for four days before being released.
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Dr. James Phillips, the emergency room physician who called out President Donald Trump for his decision to greet supporters while he was being treated for the coronavirus in October, has been removed from the schedule at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center beginning in January, according to CBS News.

On October 4, Trump rode in a motorcade with attending Secret Service agents while still being infected with COVID-19. Phillips, the chief of disaster and operational medicine at George Washington University and an attending physician at Walter Reed, harshly criticized the president’s actions at the time.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Phillips wrote: “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

He added in another tweet that has also been deleted: “That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.”

During an October 5 interview on “Today,” Phillips said that Trump’s actions were “a dangerous move” and the “wrong message to be sending.”

Officials at Walter Reed told CBS News that the hospital “provides requirements for contract positions,” and stated that “schedules are determined by the contractor.”

They added: “There was no decision made by anyone at WRNMMC to remove Dr. Phillips from the schedule.”

This decision comes more than two months after Phillips’ initial criticism and a month after President-elect Joe Biden defeated Trump in the November general election.

“Colleagues of Dr. Phillips were surprised that a disaster medicine specialist would be eliminated from the schedule at a busy military hospital at a time when Maryland is nearing a record high for COVID-19 hospitalizations,” according to CBS News.

Trump, who revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis on October 2, stayed at the Walter Reed facility in Bethesda, Maryland for four days before being released. The first lady, Melania Trump, and their son, Barron, were also infected with the virus but recuperated at the White House.

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