- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 1, 2019

President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort reportedly charged the White House for a $1,000 alcohol bill in April 2017 after the president’s aides helped themselves to an unattended bar.

In a new report from ProPublica published Wednesday, at least two aides, then-chief strategist Stephen Bannon and then-Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin, took the liberty of making their own cocktails after Secret Service sent the bartender away to let the employees drink in private.

The Trump Organization resort found the group drank over $800 worth of top-shelf alcohol, including Tequila Patron, Chopin vodka, Don Julio Blanco tequila and Woodford Reserve bourbon. With an additional 20 percent gratuity, the final tab was $1,076.

When ProPublica asked for comment on the report, Mr. Hagin did not respond and Mr. Bannon denied drinking, saying he stopped years ago and does not remember the evening. The White House declined to comment.

An email from Mar-a-Lago’s catering director Brooke Watson confirmed the two men were in attendance for that episode.

Mr. Trump’s properties have been shrouded in controversy due to the president not divesting himself from his global real estate company prior to taking office.

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