Trump Family's Secret Service Protection Catches Up With Agency's Payroll

Elias Hubbard
August 21, 2017

According to the paper, this is largely due to Donald Trump's decision to split time between multiple residences and vacation frequently, with each of those trips costing a small fortune.

The Secret Service provides protection for 42 people under Trump, including 18 members of his family.

Without legislative action from Congress to approve additional funding, Alles said many agents will not be compensated for work they have already completed protecting the president this year.

The problem is the size of Trump's extended family, plus the necessity of keeping agents full-time at Trump's various golf courses up and down the east coast. The Secret Service has spent some $60,000 on golf cart rentals alone this year to protect Trump at both Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster. That money was supposed to last the entire year. Trump has traveled to one of his properties almost every weekend of his presidency, spending about a quarter of the days from his short presidency away from the White House. "I can't change that".

In an interview with Kevin Johnson of USA Today, Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles said the agency is dealing with an "unprecedented" number of people to protect under Trump.

But given that Trump and his sons have been unapologetically open about their intention to milk the Oval Office for all its worth, encouraging foreign entities to stay at Trump's D.C. hotel to curry favor with him and advertising the chance to meet the president by holding events at his private clubs, it isn't surprising.

And while the agency hoped the burdens would ease after Inauguration Day, "the president's frequent weekend trips" have contributed to a situation in which the Secret Service has been overwhelmed. "I have no flexibility", Alles told USA Today.

While many media outlets have reported each of the Mar-a-Lago visits has cost roughly $3 million a pop, a conservative group's estimate pegs the cost at more like $1 million, the Associated Press reported.

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