Trump not concerned about Mar-a-lago costs, criticism

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Democratic Sens. Tom Udall, of New Mexico, Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, of Rhode Island, and Tom Carper, of DE, unveiled the legislation in the Senate on Friday, while Rep. Mike Quigley of IL did the same in the House. Access to the president has been limited and secretive, and Democratic lawmakers want to see published the routine comings and goings of those who seek Trump's ear, or the ear of his advisors.

He said the American people 'deserved to know who has access to the president, how much it's costing to protect him and whether the Trump Organization is benefiting from that protection'.

The February filing was inspired, in part, by images circulated of Trump golfing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Palm Beach resort.

"If the Secret Service can't keep track of who has access to the president outside the White House then that's a national security concern", Udall told Politico.

The White House hasn't reacted to the bill. "If he won't adopt that policy himself, Congress should require it". That could include Mar-a-Lago. The Members of Congress requested that the GAO provide "recommendations necessary to ensure that the President and his staff avoid violating national security protocols in the future, and ensure that taxpayer funds are used appropriately when the president travels to his private club".

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog will examine the taxpayer-funded travel costs when President Donald Trump travels to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and the security procedures surrounding those trips, several congressional Democrats announced Tuesday.

Sunlight Foundation Executive Director John Wonmderlick also released a statement regarding the proposal, saying "the Obama administration's voluntary online disclosure of the White House visitor logs provided the American public with a meaningful window into the influence and operations of the White House, despite its flaws".

They have also asked GAO to determine if Trump is making good on a promise to voluntarily donate to the U.S. Treasury all profits his hotels earn from payments made by foreign governments.

Trump refers to Mar-a-Lago as his "winter White House" - but the estate is apparently lacking in basic security measures.


The President's recreational trips stand in strong contrast to his comments made on the campaign trail previous year, when he said he would "rarely leave the White House because there's so much work to be done".