Taxpayers have shelled out in excess of $41,000 to fund three trips to Europe for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, The Washington Free Beacon
Public records obtained through a Freedom of Information request show the Democratic mayor's most recent trip — a July jaunt to Rome with two aides for a meeting on climate change — cost a total of $17,731.42.
"[They] stayed at a luxury hotel next to the Vatican, drank prosecco, and ate tiramisu on the taxpayer's dime," the Free Beacon said.
And while Pope Francis hosted the meeting, de Blasio did not meet with him, according to the publication.
The Free Beacon also received documents on de Blasio's vacation to Italy in July 2014 and to Paris this past January after the terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market.
The total for the Paris trip was $11,091.84, the Free Beacon reports. And while De Blasio paid for his flight to Italy last summer, taxpayers shelled out about $12,800 for flights and a hotel for several aides.
The total bill to New York City taxpayers for all three trips was $41,623.26, according to the Free Beacon.
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