Former Maine governor Paul LePage (R) and his associates paid more than $ 20,000 in 2017 and 2018 for the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, the Portland Press Herald reported on Sunday.
The news agency receives receipts showing that the taxpayer spent around $ 170,000 on travel outside these states during those two years. Of those, $ 22,000 was spent on stays at the Trump family hotel in Washington, DC
The Press Herald reported that $ 124 of that amount was reimbursed to the state.
From the documents it appears that the LePage administration has spent hundreds of dollars traveling more than 40 rooms President Trump attend White House meetings or speak with members of Congress. The receipts also showed that the governor of the hotel had bought expensive menu items, such as filet mignon.
LePage served two terms as governor and resigned this year.
Sunday's report is likely to be criticized again by the ways of government ethics for a long time, claiming Trump is violating the constitutional clause by using the presidency to enrich his family's corporate empire.
A federal appeals court based in Richmond, Virginia, set dates in March to hear arguments in Trump's appeal to a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of Maryland and Washington, DC
The "Emoluments Clause" prohibits it the elected officials, without the permission of Congress, to receive gifts or benefits from foreign governments.