Trump hotels charge sky-high Secret Service rates, house investigation reveals

WASHINGTON — The Trump Organization charged the Secret Service up to $1,185 a night for hotel rooms used by agents protecting former President Donald J. Trump and his family, according to documents released Monday by the House Oversight Committee, forcing a federal agency to pay well above government rates.

The committee released Secret Service records showing more than $1.4 million in payments by the department to Trump properties since Mr. Trump took office in 2017. The committee said the accounting was incomplete, however. because it did not include payments to foreigners from Mr. Trump. properties – where agents accompanied his family on several occasions – and because the recordings stopped in September 2021.

The records the panel was able to obtain provided new details about an arrangement in which Mr. Trump and his family effectively turned the Secret Service into a captive client of their company – visiting their properties hundreds of times and then charging government rates far above his usual spending limits for their protectors to follow.

The practice was first reported by the Washington Post.