President Donald Trump will face a probe by the General Accountability Office, over “the member states national” security and cost implications of his weekend visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
A request had been filed with the GAO by four Democratic each member of Congress, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren( D-Mass ), who are interested an examination of who had access to the president at his private club. The other lawmakers are Sens.Sheldon Whitehouse( D-R.I .) and Tom Udall( D-N.M .) as well as Rep. Elijah Cummings( D-Md ).
The February filing was inspired, in part, by images circulated of Trump golfing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Palm Beach resort.
The GAO serves as a governmental watchdog and will examine both the costs of Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago and the security protocol that is in placegiven that Trump may discuss classified information while hosting foreign representatives.
A new bill introduced last week will require Trump to release logs of those that visit his private properties and White House grounds.
Democrats are also interested in how much Trumps trip-ups to Mar-a-Lago are expensing the American taxpayer. One of the congressmen behind the GAO request, Rep. Elijah Cummings( D-Md ), said that any costs billed for must be fair and reasonable.
We have now a president who it has become normal for him to be able to reap the profits from these hotels while still being chairman. So, you know it’s difficult but we have to keep creating the issue, he told NPR.
Cummings also communicated his disappointment that House Republican were not engaging with the possible security vulnerabilities.