The first lady's spokeswoman implied some of the money went to an advance team. But there were separate, additional charges for the team.


First lady Melania Trump’s hotel bills for a day trip to Toronto last year added up to an astonishing $174,000, according to federal expense documents reported by Quartz. She did not spend the night.

The startling expenditures dwarfed the $95,000 cost of Trump’s stop at the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, where she stayed for less than half a day at the end of her tour of Africa last month.

Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham implied in an email to Quartz that the first lady’s “advance team” was responsible for some of the costs. The team ensures “safety measures, medical care, communications, motorcade needs and logistics are all in place,” she wrote. They’re all “legally required for official travel,” she added.

But federal expense documents reported separate, additional costs for the advance team that added up to $18,000, according to Quartz. 

The hotels are not identified in the expenses. They’re listed simply as “hotel rooms” under a heading of “miscellaneous foreign awardees” in the federal expense documents. There are six hotel charges ranging from nearly $12,000 to nearly $49,000, but the documents don’t offer details. (Other charges were for $16,000, $19,000, $35,000and $43,000.)

The first lady was in Toronto to help kick off the Invictus Games, which Britain’s Prince Harry started in 2014 for disabled vet athletes.

A pool press report covering the Sept. 23 trip referred to stops that day at the Sheraton, the Ritz Carlton, a return to the Sheraton, and a get-together in the evening with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to watch the opening ceremony of the games at the Air Canada Center. 

The first lady’s hotel stops included a 20-minute meeting with Prince Harry (at the Sheraton), and a reception later with 100 competing U.S. athletes, also at the Sheraton, where she gave a short speech, according to the pool report.

Trump’s visits began just after noon and she returned just after midnight to Andrews Air Force Base.

President Donald Trump was spending the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey.

Grisham was infuriated by news reports about the bill from Melania Trump’s Cairo visit earlier this month, slamming “irresponsible” journalism after some initial reports said the first lady had spent the night. Grisham noted that Trump had, in fact, only spent some six hours in the hotel.

The first lady’s trip to Toronto also incurred $21,000 in transportation costs, Quartz reported.

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Baseman posted:

That’s a bargain for such a fine First Lady.  I hope they charge back portion to Canada!   It’s only fare!!

You are right it is only "fare"! The Obamas spent 110 million of tax payers dollars for all travel expenses during his Presidency according to Judicial Watch. Pres Trump has already spent the patrician sum of 120 million already...two years in! Did I mention he already exploded the deficit by 3 trillion dollars! Obama spent 1 trillion rescuing the economy...recovered all of it in paybacks and transformed the economy from negative growth to an average of 2.5 percent. He even hit 4% for some quarters. He transformed a loss of three million jobs to a gain of some seven million! He give the people health care even for those with pre existing health problems. Trump give away 1 trillion to his buddies, increased the deficit by 2 trillion and is only two years in. He also has no major initiative in the works

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