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    In October, Quartz cited federal spending records that suggested that US First Lady Melania Trump’s six-hour-stay in a Cairo hotel cost taxpayers over $95,000.

    US First Lady Melania Trump’s hotel bills – the Ritz Carlton and Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel – for a one-day stay in Toronto last year reached a whopping $174,000 – and she didn’t even spend the night, Quartz reported, citing federal spending documents.

    READ MORE: Twitter Abuzz Over Report Claiming FLOTUS Spent $95K on Overnight Stay in Hotel

    In addition to the hotel charges, Melania’s 12-hour trip, where she met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Britain’s Prince Harry and attended the Invictus Games for disabled veteran athletes, reportedly involved $21,000 in transportation costs.

    According to the website, that amount was just for FLOTUS’ hotels and that her staff’s expenses were additional, adding up to $18,000.

    The hotels are not disclosed in the expenses, being listed as “hotel rooms” under a heading of “miscellaneous foreign awardees” in the federal spending records.

    Quartz cited six hotel charges ranging from nearly $12,000 to some $49,000, but the documents did not provide any details.

    Asked about the details of the spending, Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham argued that the bill included standard expenses.

    “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,” the email read.

    Social media users appeared to be dumbfounded by Melania’s spending on foreign trips and the fact that she’d racked up such hefty bills without spending the night at the hotel:

    Another user jokingly suggested that the reason behind such a tidy sum was the in-room mini-bar…

    …while a fellow Twitterian defended Melania by emphasising that Michelle Obama spent millions on her trips:

    This is not the first time that Melania Trump’s hotel bills have raised eyebrows: last month Quartz reported that the first lady’s overnight stay in a Cairo hotel cost over $95,000.

    READ MORE: Ousted US Security Adviser Ricardel Still Admires Trump, Melania

    Grisham grew angry over the inaccurate report, slamming “irresponsible journalism” and clarified that FLOTUS didn’t spend the night at the hotel. She, in fact, spent only six hours there – a somewhat controversial clarification which led to much criticism online.


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