When the president-elect’s son Eric Trump jetted to Uruguay in early January for a Trump Organization promotional trip, U.S. taxpayers were left footing a bill of nearly $100,000 in hotel rooms for Secret Service and embassy staff.

Aimee Brittain & Drew Harwell Washington Post

The Uruguayan trip shows how the government is unavoidably entangled with the Trump company as a result of the president’s refusal to divest his ownership stake. In this case, government agencies are forced to pay to support business operations that ultimately help to enrich the president himself. Though the Trumps have pledged a division of business and government, they will nevertheless depend on the publicly funded protection granted to the first family as they travel the globe promoting their brand.

A spokeswoman for Eric Trump declined to make him available for an interview and did not provide answers to a list of detailed questions about the trip.

Source: Eric Trump’s business trip to Uruguay cost taxpayers $97,830 in hotel bills

related AF: Can you say emoluments, grasshopper? 

On November 8, the most powerful country in world history, which will set its stamp on what comes next, had an election. The outcome placed total control of the government— executive, Congress, the Supreme Court—in the hands of the Republican Party, which has become the most dangerous organization in world history.

Source: Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky