Trump travel costs leave Secret Service without funds to pay agents

The Secret Service is running out of funds to pay its agents for protecting President Trump and his family, according to Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles, in an interview with USA Today.
By Ed Mason | Aug 23, 2017
The Secret Service is running out of funds to pay its agents for protecting President Trump and his family, according to Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles, in an interview with USA Today.

Alles said early Monday that more than 1,000 agents have already reached the annual salary caps and overtime allowances mandated by federal law and four months still remain in the year.

The large size of Trump's family and travel costs are the main reasons that protecting the president is so expensive. While 31 people had Secret Service protection during the Obama administration, 42 people, including 18 family members, are protected under Trump.

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

Keeping up with Trump's traveling is also putting a strain on the Secret Service. Trump has traveled to one of his properties nearly every weekend and his adult children take frequent business trips and vacations sometimes overseas.

The total cost of travel and protection for Trump and his family in the first 100 days of his presidency came to about $30 million, compared to a yearly cost of about $12 million under President Obama, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Later Monday, Alles appeared to engage in damage control when he told CNN in a statement that the problem has been going on for a long time and is not solely related to the Trump administration.

"This issue is not one that can be attributed to the current administration's protection requirements but, rather, has been an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo," Alles said.

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