Secret Service requests millions more to protect Trump

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The U.S. Secret Service is seeking to add $60 million to its 2018 budget to protect the Trump family and finance travel costs, according to internal agency documents.

A source from The Washington Post noted that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has denied the request.

Nearly half of the requested money, $26.8 million would have funded protection of the first family and Trump Tower in New York City. The remainder, $33 million would have financed the travel costs of “the president, vice president and other visiting heads of state.”

The Secret Service’s budget request did not specifically include Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, residence, although Trump has visited the club on five weekends since his inauguration.

Secret Service agents are also tasked with accompanying Trump’s sons, Eric and Donald Jr., who now lead the Trump Organization, on worldwide travel related to their business.

The newspaper reported that the Secret Service might have to divert resources from other units such as cyber crime and counterfeiting if it does not receive additional funds.

When questioned by the Post regarding its internal documents, the Secret Service declined to comment, referring the inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security, which also declined to comment. The White House, in turn, referred the Post’s questions to the Secret Service and the OMB but has not received a response.

H/T: The Hill

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