Gizmodo:DoD Spent $138,000 at Trump Properties in Six Months, Transparency Group's FOIA Reveals
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) spent $138,093 at eight businesses owned by President Donald Trump during his first six months in office, according to records obtained via lawsuit citing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Property of the People, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit transparency group, obtained the records after suing the DoD, which had failed to properly respond to its FOIA request last June.
Larry Noble, senior director and general council at the Campaign Legal Center, concurred. “This shows a problem that we’ve been talking about since the very beginning,” he said. “That he is profiting from the government using his businesses and often it is a use that he has total control over.”
Trump doesn’t have to stay at hotels he owns when he travels, Noble noted, “but when he does, one thing you can be sure of is that his company is profiting from it.”