Sheriff: Trump’s China summit cost local taxpayers $1.5 million

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says his agency spent about $1.5 million to assist the Secret Service with security during President Donald Trump‘s latest four-day visit to Palm Beach, which included a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In an exclusive interview with The Palm Beach Post this morning, Bradshaw said that with the latest costs, his agency has racked up about $3.5 million in total expenditures since Trump’s November victory.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy keeps an eye on demonstrators in Manalapan during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit last week. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

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Bradshaw and local officials, as well as members of Congress from the area, are hoping to get the federal government to reimburse local taxpayers for those expenses.

“It was a large operational undertaking…When you’ve got two of the largest leaders of the world in one spot, the security is something you’ve got to pay attention to,” Bradshaw said.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw discussing security preparations for the U.S.-China summit last week.

Xi brought a large Chinese delegation that stayed at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan while Trump stayed, as usual, at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

That meant there were two presidential security details and two sets of motorcades.

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Bradshaw also estimates that as many as 2,000 pro- and anti-Xi demonstrators came to the area. Six people were arrested.

“That’s pretty successful when you get down to it,” Bradshaw said of the arrest total.






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