Secret Service budget bankrupted by Trump’s large family, frequent vacations
Just because he (ostensibly) isn’t running a business any more, that doesn’t mean Donald Trump still can’t run a budget into the ground. USA Today reported Monday that the president’s large family and many vacations have basically depleted the Secret Service’s budget, with 1,000 agents already maxing out on federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances meant to last them the entire year.
President Trump’s nearly weekly vacations, multiple residences, and an increase of people needing Secret Service protection in comparison to previous administrations — Trump has 42 people, including 18 family members, who require USSS details, up from President Obama’s 31 — have resulted in agents traveling constantly and working extremely long hours for pay that has not yet been authorized. Director Randolph Alles has said that the conditions are causing many to quit, and he’s not able to attract new talent without being able to pay them.
“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles said. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”
Alles is hoping that lawmakers will agree to raise the combined salary and overtime cap from $160,000 per year to $187,000, but even if they did, it would come short of covering the work hours already amassed by some 130 agents. In other words, all those golf cart rentals really pushed this shit over the edge.
Aside from the problems with funding, the detail is reportedly shit on compared to previous administrations. One White House insider told a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity that Trump isn’t known for treating his agents with respect (shocking). “Clinton treated USSS agents like friends. Bush treated them w great respect. Obama, like family. Trump treats them like servants,” the source said.