Ivanka Trump‘s weekend getaway at a luxurious Dominican Republic hotel last summer cost American taxpayers $58,000.
Though the first daughter, who also serves as a White House adviser, and her husband, Jared Kushner (also a White House adviser), paid for their own costs, taxpayers picked up the tab for the couple’s security detail. Federal records showed that the bill amounted to nearly $60,000 — $32,064 for a “VIP VISIT” to the Amanera Resort Rio San Juan and $26,280 for a charge simply identified as “HOTEL RESERVATION.”
In a statement to Quartz, the White House said Trump and Kushner had followed “all ethics guidelines and rules for White House officials” on their trip.
“The only expenses incurred by the government were due to USSS protection, which they are required to have,” the White House said, adding that advisers don’t have a say over the level of involvement the Secret Service has on their trips.