Written by DML
According to an exclusive report printed in the Monday edition of USA TODAY, the Secret Service is out of money because of the large size of Trump’s family and the extensive travel they endure each week.
USA TODAY, albeit never fair when reporting about President Trump, writes the following: “The Secret Service can no longer afford to pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump’s family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast.”
Unlike The New York Times and The Washington Post, which print stories without naming at least one credible source, USA TODAY supports the story with comments from the agency.
“Secret Service Director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles, in an interview with USA TODAY, said more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year,” reports the publication.
The law requires the Secret Service to protect President Trump all day, seven days per week. That’s nothing new, and there are budgets in place to cover the around-the-clock protection. However, since he has been in office, Trump has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia. Most of that travel is connected to his job as president, but it costs extra money. Plus, his adult children who also receive protection from the agency, are protected during their business trips and vacations, some of which are taken abroad. Offering full-time protection for them costs the agency a lot of money.
“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles said. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”
USA TODAY reports: “Alles said the service is grappling with an unprecedented number of White House protectees. Under Trump, 42 people have protection, a number that includes 18 members of his family. That’s up from 31 during the Obama administration.
Overwork and constant travel has also been driving a recent exodus from the Secret Service ranks, yet without congressional intervention to provide additional funding, Alles will not even be able to pay agents for the work they have already done.”
According to the report, the agency is working with lawmakers to try to increase the salaries of agents, but it’s a long-haul to get there, and even if they do, USA TODAY and Alles claim more than 100 agents will never be fully compensated for the hundreds of hours they’ve worked already.
President Trump’s trips to his resort in Florida are estimated to cost at least $3 million per visit. The estimate is based on a General Accounting Office estimate for similar travel by former President Obama.
According to USA TODAY, the Secret Service spent some $60,000 on golf cart rentals alone this year.
Historically anti-Trump, the USA TODAY report concludes by pointing out how much it costs to cover the Trump family in conducting their business deals.
“Trump’s other sons, Trump Organization executives Donald Jr. and Eric, based in New York, also are covered by security details including when they travel frequently to promote Trump-branded properties in other countries.
A few examples: Earlier this year, Eric Trump’s business travel to Uruguay cost the Secret Service nearly $100,000 just for hotel rooms. Other trips included the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic. In February, both sons and their security details traveled to Vancouver for the opening of new Trump hotel there, and to Dubai to officially open a Trump International Golf Club.
In March, security details accompanied part of the family, including Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner on a skiing vacation in Aspen, Colo. Even Tiffany Trump, the president’s youngest daughter, took a vacation to international locales such as Germany and Hungary with her boyfriend, which also require Secret Service protection.” – USA TODAY
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