GAO Investigating Trump's Trips to Mar-A-Lago

Watchdog to review Trump Mar-a Lago trips

Guests at the club posted photos on social media of the leaders conferring about a North Korean missile test.

Trump's handling of US security information at Mar-a-Lago came under congressional scrutiny in February after photos taken by private guests in the club's public dining area showed Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviewing documents following a North Korean missile launch.

Democrats are also interested in how much Trump's trips to Mar-a-Lago are costing the American taxpayer.

"We are deeply concerned by recent reports that the President, his staff, and the Japanese Prime Minister discussed national security matters on 'full view to fellow diners, ' and reviewed potentially sensitive national security material in apparent violation of security protocols", the four lawmakers wrote to the GAO in February.

Trump has taken weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago five times in the two months he has been in office.

Cummings also communicated his disappointment that House Republicans were not engaging with the possible security vulnerabilities.

"We have now a president", he says, "who it has become normal for him to be able to reap the profits from these hotels while still being president. So, you know it's hard but we have to keep raising the issue", he told NPR. Trump's lawyers had said, prior to the president's inauguration, that the company would donate any profits from foreign entities to the U.S. Treasury to avoid conflicts of interest.

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ELIJAH CUMMINGS: Anybody can get a membership at the club for $200,000.

ALLEN: The GAO now has responded saying it will review what screening is in place for guests and staff at Mar a Lago.

The GAO also will examine how secure communications are and how the president and his staff are protecting classified information while at the private club.

He introduced a bill on Friday that would require the White House to publish logs of people who meet with Trump there and at other locations.

The GAO is also reportedly going to look into the price tag of the Mar-a-Lago visits. Secret Service requested $33 million for travel costs for the president, his family, and visiting heads of state. Democrats want to know if the costs the Trump Organization is passing along to taxpayers are fair and reasonable.

"This was a near-verbatim repetition of the Chinese government's framework for relations with the U.S. Beijing refers to it as a 'New Type of Great Power Relations.' At its core, it implies that the U.S. and China are not only both great powers, but co-equals". Trump Organization representatives have said the first payment would not arrive in the government coffers until 2018.

From Austin to Seattle, sanctuary jurisdictions said the Trump crackdown wouldn't affect their policies, most of which specifically state that law enforcement must comply with the law, U.S. Code 1373.

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