Taxpayers spent over $300,000 protecting President Donald Trump’s family for a week-long ski getaway at Aspen in March.
“Records obtained by CBS News through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spent $329,561 for the week-long vacation,” CBS News reported Friday. “Equipment costs were close to $22,000 — to accompany the family on the slopes, the Secret Service had to buy lift tickets and rent skis and boots.”
DHS also shopped at outdoor equipment store REI.
“Pictures posted on Instagram show Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner – both senior advisers to the president — along with Eric and Lara Trump atop Aspen Mountain,” CBS News explained. “Eric Trump and his wife also brought along their two dogs.”
As winter is coming, it is important to note this wasn’t the only ski trip by Ivanka and Jared during President Trump’s short time in office.
“When Ivanka Trump and Kushner took their family to a ski resort in Whistler, Canada during Passover in April, U.S. Secret Service went, too, and the cost of their portion of the trip was over $65,000,” CBS News noted.
Tom Price resigned as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Friday after chartering private jets. Three other Trump cabinet secretaries — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — have also been caught up in the private jet scandal.
“I have a great cabinet,” President Trump claimed Friday. “We’ve saving tremendous amounts of money no matter where we go.”
Trump family's Aspen ski vacation cost taxpayers $330,000. Most Republicans in Congress were elected running against crap like this. https://t.co/Zg5pidlz7m
— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) September 29, 2017