Melania Trump's Canada Trip Cost $174,000 For Taxpayers, But Spokeswoman Says "Bill Was Normal"

Date October 22, 2019

When you are the First Lady of America, you can travel in style. But who pays for all these benefits? Melania Trump's Canada trip was criticized after spending just one day, which cost taxpayers $174,000.

Melania Trump's net worth

The wife of US President Donald Trump can afford herself lots of thing as she's very wealthy. The former model has an estimated net worth of $50 Million dollars, according to Wealthy Gorilla.

She started her career in modeling at the age of 16. Melania moved to New York where she became successful. The mother of one has graced the cover of magazines such as GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Front, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

One-day trip to Canada

Though Melania is wealthy, her one-day trip to Canada was paid by taxpayers and it wasn't cheap at all. According to spending documents for the trip that were reviewed by Quartz, FLOTUS hotel bill for the trip cost US taxpayers $174,000.

Back in 2017, Melania took a 12-hour trip to visit the Invictus Games. At the time she stopped by two hotels: the Ritz Carlton and Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and did not spend the night at either one. She also met Prince Harry for the very first time in Toronto.

However, her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said the $174,000 bill was normal, as it accounted for a variety of other costs. She said:

What I can tell you is that when the President or First Lady travels, there are people who travel ahead on the advance team to ensure safety measures, medical care, communications, motorcade needs, and logistics are all in place.

Mrs. Trump travels with a much smaller contingent of staff than that of her predecessors, but the entities I mentioned above are legally required for all official travel.

High-end fashion wardrobe

However, Melania doesn't live on taxpayer’s money - for example, she pays for her dresses by herself. Time and time again Mrs. Trump's fashion statements have dominated headlines.

From designer shoes to dresses, Melania’s wardrobe is stocked with high-end fashion pieces and accessories. Her spokesperson explained that Melania Trump wardrobe is not at the expense of the taxpayers saying: "She pays for all her own clothes.”

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