Senators ask if US is paying to insure Trump’s property abroad

© Reuters. Senators ask if US pays to insure Trump‘s property abroad

By Julia Harte

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three U.S. senators on Wednesday asked the secretaries of state, defense and homeland security whether they were spending government resources to secure President Donald Trump’s properties around the world.

In a letter, the three Democrats also asked cabinet members if the Trump Organization had asked them to protect their properties and if additional funding would be requested to cover the costs.

Trump’s continued ownership of the Trump Organization means that foreign properties are prime targets of terrorist attacks, which could directly affect Trump’s net worth and potentially “lead the country into new conflicts around the world,” wrote the senators.

A State Department official, speaking in the background, said that privately owned American companies, such as the Trump Organization, are responsible for providing their own security for assets abroad.

The Department of Homeland Security declined to comment on the questions in the letter. The Pentagon did not respond to requests for comment.

Wednesday’s letter was the latest in a series of congressional correspondence calling for greater transparency and expressing concern about the hundreds of Trump companies and potential conflicts of interest posed by his business empire.

The lawmakers who drafted Wednesday’s letter, Senators Tom Udall, Sheldon Whitehouse and Richard Blumenthal, were among eight Democratic U.S. senators who urged Trump and Secret Service Deputy Director William Callahan on Monday to release records of the visitors to the White House and the Trump Sea. -a-Lago resort in Florida.

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