Publicly disclosed federal contract information has revealed that a minimum of $22,000 in taxpayers’ money is going to fund failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s trip to India.
While in India promoting her book, “What Happened,” Clinton said during a speech last weekend that she lost the 2016 presidential election because much of the United States is “backwards” and populated by people who do not like “black people getting rights” or “women getting jobs.”
Clinton is in India as a private citizen, but as a former first lady, she is afforded U.S. Secret Service protection for life. For her trip to India, the State Department awarded two contracts worth $16,143 and $6,301 for her security detail’s travel and lodging.
Clinton is not named in the State Department contracts, but they were awarded for the Secret Service to “support FFLOTUS,” an acronym used for former first ladies, on a March 2018 trip to India. The U.S. embassy in New Delhi, which operates under the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, awarded the contracts, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
The contracts are for “logistic services for USSS to support FFLOTUS visit” and state that they are for “travel/lodging.”
It remains unclear whether the two contracts account for the total of government spending related to Clinton’s trip to India.
Two additional contracts, worth $21,093 and $23,690, were awarded by the American Consulate in Mumbai for March hotel reservations for Secret Service agents in Mumbai and Maheshwar, other areas visited by Clinton on her trip.
A spokesman for the Secret Service declined to comment on the specifics of the contracts.
“For operational security reasons, the Secret Service does not comment specifically nor in general about the means, methods, costs, or assets associated with our protective responsibilities,” said the spokesman.