Melania Trump’s October trip to Africa came with plenty of controversies. Namely, it came down to her poor choice of hats. But now, you can add one more to the list as the First Lady reportedly spent nearly $100,000 on a hotel room in Cairo that she used for just six hours.
According to federal spending records obtained by Quartz, Trump spent exactly $95,050, all of which came from taxpayer money, at the Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo. According to a spokeswoman, Trump was in Cairo for a grand total of six hours and didn’t sleep overnight at the hotel despite the large bill.
As the federal records showed, payment for the hotel was made Sept. 30, which was about a week prior to the first lady’s arrival. The description of the expenditure only explained it as, “FLOTUS visit hotel rooms.” It’s unclear how many rooms were rented, though as Quartz noted, the typical room at the hotel goes for $119 a night.
It may have been a bit of a one-off instance, but the number certainly brings on the sticker shock none the less. Especially when you consider the fact that the President’s own two-day trip to Scotland cost just $77,345.35, according to Quartz. And that trip included stays and security detail for other officials including John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, and White House social media director Dan Scavino.
During an interview in Egypt, Trump implored people to stop paying attention to her outfits while traveling — including that now infamous “I don’t care. Do U?” coat — because she’s going to just do it anyway.
“It was for the people and the left-wing media who are criticizing me,” Trump told ABC’s Tom Llamas. “It said that I didn’t care. It won’t stop me from doing what I feel is right.” Apparently, what feels right includes lavish hotels now too.
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