Trump's Irish golf resort charged An Garda Siochana about €100k during President Trump's visit in June
Trump's Irish golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare charged Irish police over €100k as they worked overtime during President Trump's visit to the property in June.
The Irish Times reports that 3,820 gardaí were on overtime during Trump’s visit – around 27 percent of the overall 14,251 strength of the Garda – at a cost of €7.489 ($8.34) million.
On October 19, David Fahrenthold, a reporter with The Washington Post who says he “covers President Trump's businesses and conflicts of interest," tweeted:
When @realdonaldtrump visited his Irish resort, it required a huge contingent of Irish police, who bought their food from...Trump. Irish govt paid Trump $15k just for their snacks!! https://t.co/3iC7NvSKGS— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) October 19, 2019
On October 23, Fahrenthold followed up by sharing pictures of the bill received by An Garda Síochána (Ireland's National Police Force) from Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg:
When @realdonaldtrump made a side trip to his Irish golf club this summer, dozens of Irish cops were sent to protect him. Then Trump’s company charged the cops more than $100K for food and coffee.— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) October 23, 2019
Here’s the bill: pic.twitter.com/y9jWDPgM9s
The itemized bill was dated from June 6 and included a stamp from the Gardai finance office that was dated June 20. The two-page bill features mainly meals, snacks, and room stay charges incurred between June 3 and June 7.
Fahrenthold, who pointed out that the figures were first reported upon by Gordon Deegan of The Irish Times, noted that one charge of €875 ($973) was for "additional tea and coffee due to inclement weather:"
The great @gordondeeg had this number earlier, but I hadn't seen the itemized bill. Look at the charge I highlighted: the weather was bad, so the cops needed extra coffee and tea. The charge: 875 euros! That must have been a lot of coffee. https://t.co/59n6y0fF7M— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) October 23, 2019