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The Trump Organization charged taxpayers for undisclosed stays and luxury car rentals at his foreign golf resorts
  • US taxpayers paid thousands of dollars to Donald Trump's resorts in Ireland and Scotland in 2017, during previously undisclosed visits.
  • The Scotsman reported on expenses showing taxpayers were charged for Secret Service accommodation during stays by Trump's son Eric.
  • The receipts provide further evidence of how the former president's family benefited from his time in office.
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, providing further evidence of how the former president's family benefited from his time in office.

The Scotsman's report was based on invoices and spending records obtained by American Oversight, a Washington-based ethics watchdog.

They showed previously undisclosed expenses which included a $7,500 invoice from Trump's Turnberry resort in Scotland dated August 14, 2017.

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

The newly disclosed expenses included a $7,365 invoice from Trump's Doonbeg resort in Ireland dated July 22 and 23, 2017 to cover the cost of Secret Service accommodation. There was another $9,300 invoice from the Doonbeg resort to cover Secret Service accommodation in April 2017 during a separate trip by Eric.

The records also show US taxpayers were charged thousands of dollars for luxury car rentals during Eric Trump's visit.

The executive director of American Oversight, Austin Evers, 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 represent a wider pattern of Trump's record of 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 since he took office in January 2017. The president's Mar-A-Lago golf club even charged taxpayers $3 for a glass of water when Trump hosted former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Florida resort.

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

The Secret Service spent more than $1 million alone on stays at Trump-owned resorts during his presidency, the Washington Post reported.
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Republicans support the GOP more than Trump for the first time in 2 years, a new poll shows
  • A new NBC News poll suggests Trump's support among GOP voters is slipping.
  • The poll found more GOP voters support the party over Trump for the first time since 2019.
  • Meanwhile, Trump's overall favorability rating has also dropped.
For the first time since 2019, NBC polling found supporters of the GOP outnumbered those who said they back Trump more than the party. The poll found 50% of Republicans said they support the GOP more than they support Trump, while 44% said they support the former commander-in-chief more than the Republican party.

The former president's grip on the party has been remarkably strong for years, and top Republicans in Washington continue to exhibit loyalty toward Trump — including those he regularly insults. But this poll suggests Trump's influence over GOP voters could be slipping.

The new poll also found that Trump's favorability rating has dropped by eight percentage points over the past few months. Among registered voters, 32% had a favorable view of the former president, while 55% had an unfavorable view. Comparatively, Trump's favorability in the same poll in January stood at 40%, while 53% of registered voters at the time said they had an unfavorable view of him.

Trump has been out of office for nearly 100 days, and a lot has already changed in that time. He's no longer on Twitter. Far more Americans have been vaccinated. And there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. That said, the insurrection Trump provoked at the US Capitol on January 6 continues to loom over Washington and has fostered continued discussions on domestic extremism in the US.

Recent polling shows fairly strong approval for President Joe Biden as he closes in on the 100-day mark. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday found 52% of adults approve of the job Biden is doing. By comparison, the same poll found Trump's approval rating was at 42% at this point his presidency.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.