Taxpayers are reportedly being drenched with a $34,140 bill for portable toilets
, New Jersey
, where ex-President Donald Trump is spending the summer at his golf
According to government procurement notices obtained by The Daily Beast, the Secret Service
is renting bathroom trailers
until the end of September for around $8,500 per month — or about $283 per day.
Trump is said to be staying at his Trump National Golf Club until the fall, when he will most likely return to his Mar-a-Lago
golf resort in Palm Beach, Florida
According to The Washington Post
, Trump worked from a converted bridal suite in Florida and charged the Secret Service nearly $400 per night for the use of a room.
The cost of the New Jersey restrooms was called into question by some critics.
“Taxpayers are still spending thousands of dollars to help Donald Trump’s businesses,” Noah Bookbinder, executive director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
watchdog, told The Daily Beast.
“Of course, he is entitled to protection, but from the start, it has been about his advancement and convenience, rather than what is good for the country,” Bookbinder added, adding that “forcing taxpayers to spend all of this money
for porta potties at a business that surely has enough bathrooms is perplexing.”
The Secret Service is spending nearly $35,000 to rent portable toilets in Bedminster, New Jersey, where Donald Trump is rumored to be spending the summer. https://t.co/jRmAI7PdKR
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) June 1, 2021
As of last month, three of Trump's adult children
— Ivanka Trump
, Donald Trump Jr
., and Eric Trump
— continued to receive publicly funded Secret Service protection.
Protecting the Trump children cost taxpayers $140,000 in the first month after President Joe Biden
's inauguration, and Trump extended their security
benefits for six months after he left the White House
During Trump's presidency, Secret Service agents were reportedly denied access to the bathrooms at the Washington home of the then-president's daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, White House aide Jared Kushner
The agents were forced to rent another nearby location for $3,000 per month.