Secret Service Out Of Money To Pay Agents Because Of Trump And Family Frequent Travel: Report
Donald Trump has traveled so much during his first seven months as president that the Secret Service has run out of money to be able to pay its agents.
On Monday USA Today reported that “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.”
According to Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles, more than 1,000 of his agents have already hit the cap salary that is federally allowed. This is due to the constant protecting of Trump properties.
But, it’s not just Trump’s travels that have caused the Secret Service to run out of money to pay its agents. According to the report, the secret service also spent a vast majority of their time protecting the Trump children during their overseas business trips.
“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles explains to USA Today. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”
Trump loves to waste taxpayer funds, or at least it seems that way. According to Alles, he says he is trying to negotiate with Congress to raise the total cap from $160,000 to $187,000, but even by doing that it would still leave more than 100 agents without the proper pay for the work they’ve put in to protecting the president.
“Normally, we are not this tapped out,” says Alles.