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Investigation Into Trump's Mar A Lago Trips Just Cost Him A Pretty Penny

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) plans to look into taxpayer costs for President Donald Trump's Mar-A -Lago trips. The office will also be reviewing security procedures, and whether the president violated protocols by holding phone conversations about government business in front of guests and reporters.

Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to the GAO last month requesting an investigation. The GAO is a government agency that acts like a watchdog group. They evaluate, investigate and audit the federal government for congress.

According to Democratic lawmakers, President Trump's weekend trips to his Palm Beach, Florida estate cost taxpayers an estimated $3 million each. They're concerned about the travel and room expenses incurred by Mr. Trump's staff, aides, guests and Secret Service agents.

The president has promised that all his hotel profits will be donated to the U.S. Treasury and the GAO Will also be looking into whether Trump is upholding that promise.

Another concern is whether the president's classified communications are secured when Mr. Trump is traveling. "In addition to making sensitive phone calls in the dining room, aides reportedly used the camera lights on their cellphones to help President Trump and Prime Minister Abe view the documents — all while surrounded by Mar-a-Lago club members and wait staff," read the letter from the Democrats to the GAO. "By conducting discussions in this manner, the president enabled private citizens without security clearances to potentially overhear sensitive or classified national security information."

Trump's actions have been compared to the carelessness of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and some lawmakers are demanding he be held accountable.

The president's press secretary Sean Spicer says travel is 'part of being president'.

"Presidents always travel... wherever he goes, he carries the apparatus of the White House with us. That is just something that happens," said Spicer, who points out that ‘the president works 7 days a week’ no matter where he goes.

"The president will continue to go and travel around the country and have meetings to solve the nation’s problems," Spicer explained.

Source: NBC News
Photo: Gage Skidmore

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