As The Washington Post stories, Trump hasn’t made cash from the White Home simply by skimming instantly from authorities funds, however that has been a big supply of his income. For instance, reasonably than assembly with Japanese President Shinzo Abe on the White Home, or Camp David, or some other authorities property, Trump insisted that they maintain the assembly at Mar-a-Lago, his privately owned membership in Florida. Then he charged the federal government for each room, each meal, each drink, and each spherical of golf—together with his personal. 

That’s proper. Trump charged the American individuals to Trump eat Trump’s meals at Trump’s membership. The prime rib on the buffet line is even higher when it’s free. It will get higher: Trump charged $3 for water, even when he was the one consuming it.

Along with straight-out paying himself to feed and home himself, Trump has, after all, charged the federal government the equal of two years’ presidential wage just so the Secret Service can trip golf carts. Room costs have run into the hundreds of thousands. However taking it from everybody’s taxes isn’t the one manner Trump has fended off his collectors up to now 4 years. He’s additionally insisted that Republican capabilities happen at his properties, and that conservative teams maintain their occasions at his inns. Add all of it collectively, and Trump has collected a minimal of $8.1 million funneled via his properties both instantly from taxpayers or from political teams hoping to have his help. 

These are simply the funds we learn about, not together with no matter is hiding within the “second batch” on the State Division, or within the information of different businesses. And it’s not together with $5.6 million that Trump has paid himself by spending cash from his personal marketing campaign since 2017. Why did Trump instantly begin campaigning once more following his inauguration? As a result of it was the easiest way to make sure that he had a gradual stream of income. Oh, and whereas Trump could also be shutting down televised marketing campaign commercials in Florida, the newest transfer that reveals his marketing campaign coffers are operating dry, he has not stopped paying himself. Removed from it. Trump is Trump’s largest “buyer.”

Because the Submit research makes clear, it’s not that Trump’s properties received this enterprise via some type of aggressive bidding. The federal government is a “captive buyer” of Trump. If he goes to Mar-a-Lago or his membership in New Jersey, the White Home officers, staffers, army officers, and the ever-present Secret Service members come alongside. Not solely has Trump not seen match to present these required company a reduction, in lots of circumstances the price of rooms has instantly soared.

Again in 2016, Trump tsk’d over how he could be caught behind his desk day-after-day.

“If I win, I could by no means see my property. I could by no means see these locations once more. As a result of I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf. Imagine me.”

That was a fully unimaginable 140 golf trips ago. Trump has solely been within the White Home 196 weeks, and he’s needed to squeeze in a number of issues like nuclear arms negotiations, NATO conferences, international monetary negotiations, and a pandemic response round his play dates. Thankfully, he’s all the time been in a position to slip away to ensure that he retains spending—and retains pocketing your cash.

How a lot of your cash has Trump taken? Trump refuses to say. Possibly Joe Biden can rent Fahrenthold to perform a little forensic accounting … for the Justice Division.