U.S. Secret Service spent $254,000 at Trump properties in first five months of presidency

The Secret Service spent more than $35,000 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., located just down the road from the White House. The property is currently at the center of numerous lawsuits challenging whether Mr. Trump is violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause through his continued financial interest in the hotel.

The foreign emoluments clause bars the president from accepting gifts or money from foreign governments, while the domestic emoluments clause prohibits the president from profiting off the U.S. government. Mr. Trump has called the emoluments clauses “phony.”

The documents from Property of the People are likely to raise further questions among the president’s critics as to whether he has been using the presidency to line his pockets.

Mr. Trump did not fully divest from his company when he assumed the presidency and instead turned over day-to-day management of the Trump Organization to his two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric.

Since his inauguration in January 2017, Mr. Trump has spent more than 300 days at properties owned or managed by the Trump Organization. The president has spent the most time at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, which he calls the Winter White House, followed by his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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