US govt spent $32,000 from taxpayers money to send Donald Trump Jr to India early this yearhttps://indianexpress.com/article/world/us-government-spent-32000-to-send-donald-trump-jr-to-india-last-february-5313105/

US govt spent $32,000 from taxpayers money to send Donald Trump Jr to India early this year

According to a report in Washington Post, the US government spent $32,000 on Trump Jr's trip to India in February this year.

US government spent ,000 to send Donald Trump Jr to India last February
Donald Trump Jr poses for photographs before a meeting business associates at the Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi. (Express Photo/Tashi Tobgyal/File)

The vice-chairman of the San Francisco Ethics Commission has filed a case against the US Secret Service for failing to provide details of Donald Trump Jr’s trip to India. The petitioner, Quentin L Kopp, said the agency had to comply with his request under the Freedom of Information Act. Trump Jr. had visited India in February this year, along with a group of people, to promote his family’s luxury project ‘Trump Towers’ in the country.

According to a report in Washington Post, the US government spent $32,000 on Trump Jr’s trip to India in February this year. There were several bills drawn up for Trump Jr’s stay in India — he had visited Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata. The bills in Mumbai, for $15,166 and $3,501, were for “Don Jr Visit to Mumbai”. Two other bills of $13,468 and $32,135 were for his stay in Pune and Kolkata respectively. Another bill, for an additional $9,880, was listed for “VIP visit”.

US government spent $32,000 to send Donald Trump Jr to India last February
Security guards at the entrance of the site for ‘Trump Towers’ in Kolkata. (Express Photo/Partha Paul/File)

The spokesperson for the Secret Service, Catherine Milhoan, is quoted as saying by Washington Post, “As a matter of practice, the US Secret Service does not comment on the specifics of protectees’ trips.” The Secret Service is reportedly authorised to protect the President, Vice-President and their immediate family members.

Trump had visited the country along with an entourage of people. He had met buyers for his project which is worth nearly $172 million. Trump Towers is a residential building, with apartments offering three or four bedrooms. The size of each apartment ranges from 3,500 sq ft to 6000 sq ft. The price of each is a little over $70,000.

When he was in India, Trump Jr had said, “I’m here as a businessman. I’m not representing anyone.”