President Trump’s company charges the Secret Service for the rooms agents use while protecting Trump at his properties. The charges have been as high as $650 per night for a room at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., or $17,000 a month for a cottage at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.
Who pays these bills? U.S. taxpayers. That means Trump has a business arrangement with his own government, which has brought the Trump Organization at least $1.2 million in revenue. But the details of that relationship remain largely hidden.
The Secret Service has released hundreds of documents showing payments to Trump properties, in response to public-records requests and a lawsuit filed by The Washington Post. But these documents are often cryptic, with key details redacted. And other federal agencies, including the State and Defense departments, have released far fewer records.
This is how The Post sought to unravel the mysteries in these documents, and to report the true extent of what Trump’s company has charged taxpayers.
These receipts have been redacted by the Secret Service, and they contain notations giving the reason for the redactions. The most common notation is "(b)(7)(e)," which refers to a section of the U.S. code that allows the government to redact information about the "techniques and procedures" of law enforcement agencies.