Nov 15, 2018

Trump Jr.'s business trip to India cost taxpayers nearly $100,000

Donald Trump Jr. with Abhishek Lodha, managing director of Lodha Group, during the topping-out ceremony at the Trump Tower, on February 22, 2018 in Mumbai, India. Photo: Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Donald Trump Jr.'s February trip to India — during which he promoted the Trump Organization's luxury real estate projects and met privately with Prime Minister Narendra Modi — rung up $97,805 in Secret Service costs, according to Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by the Washington Post.

Why it matters: President Trump has stepped back from overseeing his family empire, but still benefits from The Trump Organization's success because he has not moved his assets to a blind trust. Critics say his family's need for Secret Service protection during their business trips ultimately means taxpayers are footing the bill for the president's personal financial gain.

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