Secret Service Reportedly Going Broke Protecting Trump Family

The Secret Service is going broke trying to protect President Donald Trump and his family, according to an exclusive report by USA Today. After Trump released his first budget outline, mainstream media outlets seized the opportunity to attack the president by reporting on the exorbitant cost of protecting First Lady Melania Trump, and son Barron Trump, who had remained behind at the Trumps' suite in Trump Tower after the president moved to the White House so Barron could finish the school year.  

In an interview with USA Today, Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles 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.

Randolph "Tex" Alles

Here’s USA Today with more:

“The agency has faced a crushing workload since the height of the contentious election season, and it has not relented in the first seven months of the administration. "The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,'' Alles said. "I can't change that. I have no flexibility.''

 

"The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,'' Alles said. "I can't change that. I have no flexibility.''

According to USA Today, 42 people have secret service protection under Trump, a number that includes 18 members of his family. That's up from 31 during the Obama administration.

The Secret Service said Monday it has enough money to protect President Trump through September, even as the agency acknowledged it’s running up against its spending limit for agents protecting the president and his family.
Since Trump took office, the Secret Service has spent more than $6.6 million to protect Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, and each weekend trip there costs an additional $1 million. To cover these costs, the agency has asked Congress to increase its $60 million budget, and allow it to exceed overtime caps for certain employees.

However, in a statement published in response to the USA Today report, the agency assured its employees, and the public, that it will be able to fully compensate employees for overtime, according to the Hill.

“The Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements for the remainder of the fiscal year and compensate employees for overtime within statutory pay caps,” agency director Randolph “Tex” Alles said in a statement.”

The current fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
 

Comments

J. Peasemold G… The Cooler King (not verified) Tue, 08/22/2017 - 02:46 Permalink

Fellow ZH lurkers et al., does this not seem to be yet another storm in a tea cup?I mean really the amounts are but a trifle in the national debt scheme, and with a country on the brink of insolvency every few months a miniscule 'top-up' would barely make dint in the $19.97 trillion outstanding:(http://www.usdebtclock.org/)However denying funding for protection leaves open a convenient window through which an sjw sanctioned actor, by way of example only and musing hypothetically, from the religious cult devotees at the Nadal Chapel could effect a 'sassination' on the highest office as a righteous act.And where would the blame fall, hmmm? Not on the SS as they were under funded and under resourced to prevent it. Perhaps the religious fanatic, but no that would be discriminatory and reflect badly on and, god forbid, trigger others of belief. How about the Congress, well they have no more cash to splash, and besides all the 'small change' has already been allocated to spruce up the dining room this fiscal year. Can we finger the 'lives matter' alphabet soup crowd? No again as they, apart from fingering themselves, would have neither the wherewithal or gumption to collectively organise a bus to get to a rally without a guiding hand, fisting with FRN currency.Truth be known the blame would fall on the incumbent, brought it on himself, couldn't see it for the trees, had no business being at Ford's Theatre, should'a would'a could'a been doing something else more presidential.And from the vice-p these pearls of wisdom "... can't make an omlette without breaking a few heads.Now swear me in goddammit, get cracking! Unless you want to feel the whisk yourself!". J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

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barndoor ACP Tue, 08/22/2017 - 05:42 Permalink

18 members of the Trump family? DJT-bag, MELONia, Ivanka, Donnie Jr., American Pyscho Eric, Jared plus a couple of kids, and poor Tiffany.Okay - that's 9.  I assume Donnie Jr. has a couple of inbred kids, between killing endangered animals in Africa.  So maybe 11.  Where's the extra 7?Also, extra people do not require extra security when they're at the White House.  Its the additional properties in New York and Florida that have bled this thing dry.

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fleur de lis jcaz Tue, 08/22/2017 - 09:53 Permalink

Agreed.How much money did Michelle alone cost the taxpayers when she brought 30- 40 servants with her every time she went on a trip.Or that she insisted on flying separate from the President during vacation travel.Does anyone have the numbers just on her upkeep?Hillary is a well known deadweight on tax money, and too many of the 525 are wild spenders.If legitimate Secret Service obligations are running out of money they need to trim the .gov fat for extra money.And there are deep pockets of fat in DC.They could also start fining Soros and his ilk for stirring up trouble that costs tax money that could be used to fund the Secret Service.  

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ATM fleur de lis Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

This is bullshit fake-ass CNN/USA Today "News".https://www.secretservice.gov/data/press/releases/2017/17-AUG/GPA_29-17… “I am extremely proud of the hard work performed by the men and women of the Secret Service. Their devotion to duty is unparalleled in federal law enforcement. The Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements for the remainder of the fiscal year and compensate employees for overtime within statutory pay caps.The Secret Service estimates that roughly 1,100 employees will work overtime hours in excess of statutory pay caps during calendar year 2017. Our agency experienced a similar situation in calendar year 2016 that resulted in legislation that allowed Secret Service employees to exceed statutory caps on pay.To remedy this ongoing and serious problem, the agency has worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the Administration, and the Congress over the past several months to find a legislative solution. As we work to ensure that employees are compensated for the hours they work, the Secret Service continues its rigorous hiring of special agents, Uniformed Division officers, and critical support staff to meet future mission requirements.The law, Title 18 US Code 3056, details protection requirements for the President, Vice President and their immediate family members. This issue is not one that can be attributed to the current Administration’s protection requirements alone, but rather has been an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo.”

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SoDamnMad Raffie Tue, 08/22/2017 - 02:41 Permalink

Complete BS by the SS. Obama had his mother in the WH all 8 years. Tell me she just sat at home. The ugly daughters also had protection 8 years and they went to schools as well as college hunted.  This is probably a set-up for an assassination. "We ran out of money and could only provide 2 agents in Dallas."

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PT VWAndy Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:13 Permalink

Tell the truth.  It's not the size of the family.  It's the fact that the Dems / Soros / Bush / Deep State machine is actively attacking, not just Trump's family but everyone who was ever in the same room as Trump over the last 70 years.  (I think Trump's mother's gynaecologist might have been a Russian Spy!  Gasp!)And yes, bankrupting security would be on their agenda.

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Freddie Badsamm Tue, 08/22/2017 - 02:38 Permalink

Trump needs to fire Jared Soros and his wife Ivanka.   He is pretty much a waste of time now that he wants to stay in Afghanistan forever plus he is talking about Lebanon.Better stay out of lebanon.  Hizbullah makes visits to lebanonnot very pleasant.  The idiots at free Republic have no clue that Hizbullah and Iran are in Syria protecting all Syrians including Christians. The USAA and Uncle Scholmohave been in the Middle East killing christians and other innocent people. 

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Extreme Left media (aka, MSM) must have eggs on its face after screaming headlines claiming Trump is not paying his Secret service people. As always, they were lying.   Here is the truth:   Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles said funding for roughly 1,100 agents working overtime in 2017 is not an issue "that can be attributed to the current Administration's protection requirements alone, but rather has been an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo." http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/secret-service-trumps-not-our-on… The truth is the SS expanded five fold under Obama due to his pet's insistence on greater security for her and the little wookies also.

LetThemEatRand Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:06 Permalink

They want to increase their $60M budget.  Sixty fucking million is the new normal?  And Trump needs more?  I have to agree with MSM on this one, even though they wouldn't care how much Obama spent. I cared how much he spent, and I care how much Trump spends.  You are not our Kings.

Implied Violins PT Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:33 Permalink

Fuck this shit. Give me a concealed carry, a snazzy suit, a slim bullet-proof vest, snazzier sunglasses, and for minimum wage + per diem I'll guard Trump with my own gun. As a bonus, if I'm tasked with guarding Hitlary, when she seizures up I'll stand back and let her hit the ground.

What I wouldn't do for my country...OK well pedophilia for one. But I'll shoot 'em, guaranteed.

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LetThemEatRand JLee2027 Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:21 Permalink

The second biggest PowerBall ever is just 10x as much as the annual budget for protecting one man and his family.  If you were the luckiest guy in the country, you could support the SS for 10 years.  And your state Lotto is probably a small fraction.  It's not garbage to point out that we taxpayers are now supporting Royalty.

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OverTheHedge LetThemEatRand Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:51 Permalink

It shows how the value of "money" isn't what it used to be. We all talk about billions, and now trillions, without any consideration as to what they actually are. All it means, is that each dollar, pound, yen etc is worth almost exactly nothing. A not very exciting box of Lego (I was in a toy shop yesterday) costs €50. A collection of plastic bricks, for €50. 15 years ago, my weekly budget for food, fuel, clothes etc was €50.Lucky there isn't any inflation.

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LetThemEatRand ebworthen Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:34 Permalink

Actually, I remember quite a few articles here and on Drudge about how much Obama spent on Hawaii vacations via the taxpayer.  Sad that the primary response here is to say "yeah, but no one cared when Obama did it."  I cared then and I care now.Has the world gone mad that no one remembers all of the outrage here about Obama's security costs?

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VIP-LA Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:16 Permalink

What's wrong with ZeroHedge? It's becoming CNN. Couple more articles like this and I will never view this page again. FAKE NEWS BS

Antivenom Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:24 Permalink

Well let's see...

The free loaders receiving SS protection

Carters
Bushs
Clintons
Bushs
Obamas

Because obama reverted the 1997 law of only 10 years of protection after serving as president to LIFETIME.

BOO FUCKING HOOOO....

dchang0 Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:48 Permalink

Pull some of the money from the black ops budget. We're arming all sorts of "moderate" Muslim rebels around the world--surely that money would be better used for a basic function like protecting the POTUS.