Even though Hillary Clinton traveled to India recently as a private citizen, her trip still cost American taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, according to a new report.
Yes, American taxpayers had a hand in the same trip where Clinton disparaged President Trump voters and mainstream America, saying red states are filled with “backwards” people who are racist and sexist.
How much did the trip cost?
The Washington Free Beacon reported Clinton’s trip cost U.S. taxpayers at least $22,000, although the total sum could be higher. That figure was calculated from publicly disclosed information federal security contracts.
By federal law, Clinton continues to receive a full Secret Service detail as a former first lady, and she will for the rest of her life.
Documents show the State Department awarded two contracts — one for $16,143 and another for $6,301 — for Clinton's Secret Service detail's travel and lodging. They were awarded by the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, India's capital city.
In addition, the Free Beacon reported two other contracts — one worth $21,093 and the other worth $23,690 — were awarded earlier in March for Secret Service lodging in Mumbai and Maheshwar. Both cities were on Clinton's list of stops while in India.
It's not immediately clear if those were the only government contracts awarded to support Clinton's security detail, so the amount of taxpayer dollars used to support Clinton's India trip could be higher. The Secret Service told the Free Beacon the agency does not comment on matters regarding protective duties and wouldn't speak further about Clinton's trip.