By Chris York
What the taxpayer funds were spent on is not clear but transportation costs and those of her advance team are detailed separately, Quartz reports.
She did not stay the night at the “downtown Sheraton”.
Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, implied in an email to Quartz that the first lady’s “advance team” was responsible for some of the costs, but as detailed above, these were filed separately.
The first lady was in Toronto in September 2017 to help kick off the Invictus Games.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 24, 2017
Her itinerary shows hotel stops including a 20-minute meeting with Prince Harry at the Sheraton, and a reception later with 100 competing US athletes, also at the Sheraton, where she gave a short speech.
— Matt Carotenuto (@matt_carotenuto) October 5, 2018
At the time Grisham complained about the reporting of the story but shot herself in the foot when she inadvertently highlighted the stop was for less than six hours, not the overnight trip that media was reporting.
Hi @qz – the First Lady did not stay the night in Cairo. This is an example of irresponsible journalism & had someone (@JustinRohrlich ) fact checked things w me, this could have been avoided. https://t.co/cbpfg5PUj2
— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) November 1, 2018
WOW, how we all rest easier knowing she spent that amount of money for just a DAY VISIT. Thanks for clearing that up 🙄🙄🙄🙄
— Rosemary Bellerive 🐾 (@BellaMarieCt1) November 1, 2018