The Trump Organization charged taxpayers for undisclosed stays and luxury-car rentals at his foreign golf resorts

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  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump
    45th President of the United States
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    American businessman and philanthropist
Donald Trump golfing at Trump International Golf Links course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Donald Trump golfing at Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP

US taxpayers paid Donald Trump's resorts in Ireland and Scotland in 2017 for previously undisclosed visits by his family and the Secret Service, The Scotsman reported over the weekend, providing further evidence of how Trump's family benefited from his time in office.

The Scotsman said its report was based on invoices and spending records obtained by American Oversight, an ethics watchdog in Washington, DC.

The documents included an invoice for 5,400 pounds, or about $7,000, from Trump's Turnberry resort in Scotland dated August 14, 2017, the report said.

The Scotsman reported that it was unclear who visited Turnberry that month but that Trump's son Eric had flown to Scotland the previous month to play golf at his father's resorts.

The newly disclosed expenses also included invoices for 5,310 pounds and 6,680 pounds, in July and April 2017, from Trump's Doonbeg resort in Ireland to cover Secret Service accommodations during Eric's trips, The Scotsman reported.

The records also showed that US taxpayers were charged thousands of dollars for luxury-car rentals during Eric's visit in July 2017, the report said.

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Austin Evers, the executive director of American Oversight, told The Scotsman: "No-one objects to the Trump family receiving Secret Service protection, but every time they charge their security detail to stay at a Trump hotel, thousands of taxpayer dollars line their pockets."

The latest disclosures are part of a pattern of Trump charging taxpayers for stays at his own resorts during his time in office.

Trump's properties reportedly raked in at least $8.1 million from US taxpayers and Trump's supporters in that time. His Mar-a-Lago club in Florida even charged taxpayers $3 for a glass of water when Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2018.

Trump faced criticism when Politico reported in September 2019 that members of the US Air Force had made a stop at his Turnberry resort and stayed there for days; the report said it raised "the possibility that the military has helped keep Trump's Turnberry resort afloat."

The Secret Service spent more than $1 million on stays at Trump-owned resorts during his presidency, The Washington Post reported in October.

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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