Federal spending records list Melania Trump's hotel bill for one day visit to Cairo being over $95,000
According to the Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo's website, where the first lady and her entourage stayed for a day in October, the establishment offers rooms starting at $119.
First Lady Melania Trump's one-day hotel stay in Cairo last month reportedly cost American taxpayers $95,050, according to federal spending records. She had made a stop in Cairo during her Africa trip, after touring Ghana, Malawi, and Kenya. According to the Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo's website, where the first lady and her entourage stayed for a day in October, the establishment offers rooms starting at $119. The presidential suite of the hotel can be rented for $699, which includes $156.50 in taxes, Quartz noted.
Reports state that the description of the expenditure of Melania's stay just stated "FLOTUS visit hotel rooms," however, no further details of the expense were provided. A spokesperson for the first lady said that she was in Cairo for nearly six hours and did not actually spend the night at the hotel, according to reports.
Even though a Fox News analysis, conducted in 2017, of the White House staffing data had stated that Melania's office is "one of the leanest East Wing operations in recent history," her bill at the Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo states otherwise. Reports state that the sum spent on the hotel say was significantly higher than the $77,345.35 that the government spent on President Donald Trump's two-night stay at his golf course in Scotland.
The payment to the hotel in Cairo was reportedly made on September 30, which was about a week before the first lady arrived in the city. The Trump family has faced criticism multiple times for costing taxpayers large sums of money ever since Donald Trump began his presidential term. A report released by TMZ in September this year revealed that President Trump's golf cart rentals in the United States have cost the taxpayers $300,675 ever since he took office.
Democratic lawmakers in July had written a letter to the acting inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, asking for the details on Secret Service expenses during Trump's visit to the Scotland golf course.