U.S. taxpayers paid over $15,000 for Trump family's Vancouver visit for hotel opening

Meanwhile, a data breach at several Trump hotels, including Vancouver, have compromised customer information

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      Although the Trump Organization profitted from the opening of Trump Tower in Vancouver, it was American taxpayers who paid the bill.

      The U.S. State Department spent more than $15,000 U.S. on hotel rooms at Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver when it opened in February on West Georgia Street.

      The money was spent on 19 rooms for members of Trump's family, which included Donald Trump's sons, Donald Jr. and Eric and their wives, and daughter, Tiffany.

      Donald Trump Jr. (left) and his brother Eric attended the Trump Tower Vancouver opening.
      Tammy Kwan

      The department also spent $5,000 U.S. for rooms at the nearby Hyatt Regency Hotel on Burrard Street.

      The expenditure information was obtained by the Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act request. However, the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver had redacted many details on the invoice for security and privacy reasons.

      The Trump family members attended an opening ceremony hosted by Malaysian developer Joo Kim Tiah on February 28, which had also faced protests.

      Vancouver police monitored the protests held at the opening of Trump Tower Vancouver.
      Tammy Kwan

      However, it wasn't just U.S. taxpayers who paid for the Trump family visit. The Vancouver Police Department spent over $100,000 to patrol the anti-Trump protests that were being held during the grand opening of the tower.

      The Trump Organization does not own the Trump Tower in Vancouver but has a management and licensing deal. Trump earned over $5 million from the Vancouver tower, according to the Washington Post.

      The Trump brand name is being removed from Trump Tower Toronto. The building's new owners are buying out the management contract. Consequently, the Vancouver location will remain the last Trump Hotel in Canada.

      Amanda Siebert

      Meanwhile, Trump International Hotels announced today (July 12) that a security breach at several of their locations has compromised the personal information of their customers. Up to 14 locations, including Vancouver, have been affected by the breach.

      The hotel, which was informed about the breach on June 5, posted an apology and explanation on its website.

      An unauthorized party had gained access to data from the company that provides the hotel's booking service systems between August 10 and March 9. The data included credit cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates, and possibly security codes.

      In some cases, additional information also included guest names, email addresses, phone numbers, addresses, and more. Information such as social security number, passport, and driver's license was not accessed.

      Reservations made for the Vancouver location in November were affected. 

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