American taxpayers paid for more than $1,000 worth of alcoholic drinks consumed by President Donald Trump‘s staffers at Mar-a-Lago in 2017, it was reported last week.

The $1,076 bill included 54 drinks and came while Trump and his associates were staying at the president’s luxury resort in Palm Beach, Florida during Trump’s meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping in April 2017. The publication cited emails published by ProPublica for its report.

Among the premium drinks served that night were Chopin vodkas, Don Julio Blanco tequilas, Patron and Bourbon. Trump is known for not drinking alcohol, so it is likely other attendees consumed most of the beverages at the resort’s Library Bar and never paid. The drinks totaled $838, and a hefty service charge was added to the check.

“They asked the bartender to leave so they could speak confidentially and Secret Service did not allow the bartender to enter the room again. The group served themselves,” Mar-a-Lago’s catering director Brooke Watson wrote in an email to the State Department in June 2017.

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