How Taxpayers Covered a $1,000 Liquor Bill for Trump Staffers (and More) at Trump’s Club

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A top-shelf, closed-door drinking session. $546-a-night hotel rooms. A special government credit card for Mar-a-Lago. Taxpayers foot the costs — and the president profits.

God these assholes are cheap.

At some point later that evening, a group repaired to Mar-a-Lago’s Library Bar, a wood-paneled study with a portrait of Trump in tennis whites (titled “The Visionary”) hanging nearby. The group asked the bartender to leave the room so it “could speak confidentially,” according to an email written by Mar-a-Lago’s catering director, Brooke Watson.

The Secret Service guarded the door, according to the email. The bartender wasn’t allowed to return. And members of the group began pouring themselves drinks. No one paid.

Six days later, on April 13, Mar-a-Lago created a bill for those drinks, tallying $838 worth of alcohol plus a 20% service charge. It covered 54 drinks (making for an average price of $18.62 each) of premium liquor: Chopin vodka, Patron and Don Julio Blanco tequilas and Woodford Reserve bourbon. Watson’s email did not specify how many people consumed the alcohol or who the participants were. (It stated that she was told the participants included then-strategist Steve Bannon and then-deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin. Bannon, who has said he stopped drinking years ago, said he didn’t drink at Mar-a-Lago and didn’t recall the episode. Hagin did not respond to requests for comment.)
They even gave themselves a 20% tip!

The bill was sent to the State Department, which objected to covering it. It was then forwarded to the White House, which paid the tab.

The unusual cocktail hour underscores a unique push and pull in the current administration: Donald Trump’s White House pays a bill and Donald Trump’s club reaps the revenue. (It’s unclear if the White House asked any of those drinking to reimburse the government; the White House declined to comment.)
I really don't understand why Trump's visits to his golf clubs that are paid for by us aren't disallowed. Did Bush charge the taxpayers when he went to his ranch in Texas? Did any president prior to Trump ever profit personally from his own vacations?

Why are we putting up with this shit?
 
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You are whining about this when Pelosi's liquor bill is over $100K for her plane and she spends $11K a month on flowers for her office? Really?
 
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Isn't it just ooohhhh so ironic ????? The fright wingers complained loudly and longly and ohhhhh so bitterly about the costs of Obama's vacations to Hawaii and Martha's Vineyard. But Trump spends every other weekend end at one of his own resorts, charging the government for every room and meal for the dozens of people that have to go with him and all we get is a collective yawn !!! Trump has spent almost as much in two years as Obama did in eight. But that's perfectly ok with them. At least until the next dem occupies the white house and then of course their travel budget will be of great concern. Just like the deficit !!! Deficits ONLY matter when there's a dem in the white house.
 

Blueneck

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Be outraged when it is needed, a one grand bar tab is mice nuts. I end up with these types of expenses all the time.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office says four such trips early on in Trump's presidency cost taxpayers $13.6 million, or some $3.4 million each. That is far higher than the estimates of Trump's travel costs early in his presidency, which were pegged at about $1 million per trip.
Government Watchdog: Trump's Trips To Florida Costing Taxpayers Millions
 

Blueneck

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Trump doesn't take a government salary so the taxpayer is still coming out way ahead.
According to the GAO:

GAO estimated that federal agencies incurred costs of about $13.6 million for the President’s four trips to Mar-a-Lago from February 3 through March 5, 2017. This estimate consisted of approximately $10.6 million for operating costs of government aircraft and boats and $3 million for temporary duty costs of government personnel supporting the President’s travel, including transportation, lodging, and meals and incidental expenses.
That's just four trips. And a presidents salary is only $400,000. So no, we're not coming out ahead.

https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/696512.pdf
 
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A thousand dollars? And?
Isn't it just ooohhhh so ironic ????? The fright wingers complained loudly and longly and ohhhhh so bitterly about the costs of Obama's vacations to Hawaii and Martha's Vineyard. But Trump spends every other weekend end at one of his own resorts, charging the government for every room and meal for the dozens of people that have to go with him and all we get is a collective yawn !!! Trump has spent almost as much in two years as Obama did in eight. But that's perfectly ok with them. At least until the next dem occupies the white house and then of course their travel budget will be of great concern. Just like the deficit !!! Deficits ONLY matter when there's a dem in the white house.
It goes both ways. Everyone defends their own no matter what.