Ivanka Trump’s family ski trip cost US taxpayers $65,000 for Secret Service protection

Hotel bill for agents came to $59,654

Harriet Agerholm
Wednesday 03 May 2017 15:37
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Secret Service agents are said to have communicated with local authorities ahead of the group’s arrival
Secret Service agents are said to have communicated with local authorities ahead of the group’s arrival

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s spring skiing holiday cost US taxpayers at least $65,000 (£50,300) in Secret Service protection, according to reports.

The trip, to a resort in southeastern Canada, prompted outrage after it was reported the family required an escort of 100 Secret Service agents.

According to federal purchase orders now seen by CBS News, hotel accommodation for the agents cost $59,654 (£46,172).

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Ski passes for the security personnel added a further $6,884 (£5,328) to the bill. The purchase orders to do not appear to show the travel costs for the trip.

It was earlier reported that the US Secret Service spent $12,208 (£9,449) on rental ski equipment and clothing at the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

At the time of the trip, fellow holidaymakers at the high-end ski resort objected to the Trump family’s presence. Several complained of struggling to get restaurant reservations and increased traffic.

Dozens of residents also staged an impromptu protest to voice their opposition to the president’s cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.

“GOP: Taxpayers can't afford Meals on Wheels anymore, but they CAN afford to pay for Trump's kids to vacation,” said one critic on Twitter.

Although Donald Trump’s children have taken a number of trips in the luxurious Aspen resort over the years, Mr Trump previously criticised former First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to the same location, claiming it cost taxpayers substantial amounts of money.

“With 15 per cent US real unemployment and a 16T debt, @Michelle Obama's luxurious Aspen vacation – her 16th – cost us over $1m,” he claimed on Twitter in July 2012.

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