Who should pay for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips? California Dem floats idea

President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.(Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH — As noted last month, it looks like Palm Beach County taxpayers will be able to get reimbursement from the federal government for local law enforcement costs associated with President Donald Trump‘s visits to Mar-a-Lago.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.

But U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., says federal taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook, either.

Lieu filed a bill last week called the Stop Waste and Misuse by the President (SWAMP) Act to make Trump reimburse the government for the costs of his visits to the private Mar-a-Lago Club and other Trump-owned properties.

“Presidential travel to commercial entities owned in whole or in part by the President or First Family results in the American taxpayer effectively subsidizing the President’s businesses,” the bill states in its “Findings” section.


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