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. The team ensures “safety measures, medical care, communications, motorcade needs and logistics are all in place,” she wrote. They’re all “legally required for official travel,” she added.
But federal expense documents reported separate, additional costs for the advance team that added up to $18,000, according to Quartz.
By the time she disembarked in Texas, she had changed into sneakers.
Balmain button-down shirt — $690
Trump welcomed the Boys and Girls Club of Washington into the White House Kitchen Garden in a tartan cotton button-down shirt. It's available on Net-A-Porter for $690.
Her outfit garnered comparisons to Michelle Obama's less expensive J. Crew-based gardening outfits that included a $29.50 shirt and a $228 jacket.
Gucci blouse — $1,100
Trump wore a pink Gucci pussy bow blouse to the second presidential debate. Many wondered if the style choice was related to audio of Donald Trump remarking that he could "grab" women "by the p---y" because "when you're a star they let you do it" that had leaked a few days earlier. A campaign spokeswoman said that the similarity was not intentional according to a tweet by Sopan Deb, then of CBS News.
For her speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Trump wore a white Roksanda "Margot" dress which is advertised as "a beautiful option for the modern bride" with $675 Christian Louboutin heels.
Trump wore a pale yellow coat with a butterfly detail belt to the summit in Helsinki where President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The coat, made by Gucci, is on sale for at Farfetch for $3,701.
Isoude coat — $3,995
Trump stepped off of Air Force One in Helsinki, Finland, in an Isuode driving coat with leather details retailing at $3,995.
J. Mendel gown — $6,990
After the backlash of Trump's "I really don't care, do u?" jacket that she wore on a visit to Texas to visit immigrant children (her spokeswoman said "There's no hidden message"), she opted for a pale yellow pleated chiffon gown from J. Mendel on her and President Trump's first official visit to the UK. The gown is no longer available but was priced at $6,990, according to USA TODAY.
When some criticized the look as too flashy for the event, Kors released a statement to Vanity Fair: "Mrs. Trump has been a long time client at our New York boutique. She has a keen understanding of what works best for her and her lifestyle. My embroidered black suit reflects the streamlined glamour that she is known for."
Bally trousers, Manolo Blahnik heels, Hermes Birkin bag — $14,170
For the night after the inauguration, Trump worked with designer Hervé Pierre to create a custom gown.
"When sitting down with Hervé to discuss her vision, the first lady knew she wanted a modern, light, unique and unexpected look," Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's press secretary and communications director, told CNN.
The hotels are not identified in the expenses. They’re listed simply as “hotel rooms” under a heading of “miscellaneous foreign awardees” in the federal expense documents. There are six hotel charges ranging from nearly $12,000 to nearly $49,000, but the documents don’t offer details. (Other charges were for $16,000, $19,000, $35,000 and $43,000.)
The first lady was in Toronto to help kick off the Invictus Games, which Britain’s Prince Harry started in 2014 for disabled vet athletes.
A pool press report covering the Sept. 23 trip referred to stops that day at the Sheraton, the Ritz Carlton, a return to the Sheraton, and a get-together in the evening with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to watch the opening ceremony of the games at the Air Canada Center.
The first lady’s hotel stops included a 20-minute meeting with Prince Harry (at the Sheraton), and a reception later with 100 competing U.S. athletes, also at the Sheraton, where she gave a short speech, according to the pool report.
Trump’s visits began just after noon and she returned just after midnight to Andrews Air Force Base.
Grisham was infuriated by news reports about the bill from Melania Trump’s Cairo visit earlier this month, slamming “irresponsible” journalism after some initial reports said the first lady had spent the night. Grisham noted that Trump had, in fact, only spent some six hours in the hotel.
The first lady’s trip to Toronto also incurred $21,000 in transportation costs, Quartz reported.