Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Government Accountability Office To Probe Security And Costs For All Trump's Mar-A-Lago Visits And Payoffs From Foreign Governments

Four Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Tom Udall (N.M.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate whether Donald Trump has set up proper security precautions at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and if his hotel business is turning over profits received from foreign governments, as he promised.

The statement of investigation by the Government Accountability Office last week came in response to a Feb. 16 request from the four lawmakers.

The GAO will address four separate issues about the Trump and his properties:

• It will examine the adequacy of the measures used to protect classified material and provide secure communications for the president and his staff at Mar-a-Lago  

• It will consider what security screening procedures the resort has implemented for members and their guests when the president is visiting 

• It will look into how the Secret Service and the Department of Defense are ensuring that the charges incurred on trips to Mar-a-Lago are “fair and reasonable” 

• It will investigate whether Trump’s hotels are sending to the U.S. Treasury any profits from foreign government customers

The letter from the lawmakers came after Trump was photographed on an outdoor patio at Mar-a-Lago engaged in intense discussion with the Japanese president and their national security aides about how to respond to a North Korean missile test releasing potentially sensitive national security material in apparent violation of security protocols.

In the letter to the GAO the lawmakers expressed additional concern over the expenditure of taxpayer funds at Mar-a-Lago by the Secret Service and other government officials associated with the President.

This comes in response to the fact that Trump has traveled to his resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on six of the 10 weekends that he has been been in office. In addition he's also traveled to his golf course in Northern Virginia this past Saturday and Sunday and visited his hotel in Washington, D.C., on multiple occasions since his inauguration as the hotel has become a hot spot for those seeking to curry favor.

FACT CHECK: Any payments from foreign governments to the president are forbidden under the Constitution’s emoluments clause.

This request follows last Friday's call from Senators Udall, Whitehouse, Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) to introduce legislation entitled the "Mar-A-Lago Act" that would require the White House to maintain and publish a visitors log for Mar-a-Lago.

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