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Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

Posted by on Aug. 21, 2017 at 9:37 AM
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WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer 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.

Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles, in an interview with USA TODAY, 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.


Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY, USA TODAY NETWORK
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. Agents must protect Trump – who has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia – and his adult children whose business trips and vacations have taken them across the country and overseas.
"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 said the service is grappling with an unprecedented number of White House protectees. Under Trump, 42 people have protection, a number that includes 18 members of his family. That's up from 31 during the Obama administration.
Overwork and constant travel have also been driving a recent exodus from the Secret Service ranks, yet without congressional intervention to provide additional funding, Alles will not even be able to pay agents for the work they have already done.
The compensation crunch is so serious that the director has begun discussions with key lawmakers to raise the combined salary and overtime cap for agents, from $160,000 per year to $187,000 for at least the duration of Trump's first term.
But even if such a proposal was approved, about 130 veteran agents would not be fully compensated for hundreds of hours already amassed, according to the agency.

"I don't see this changing in the near term,'' Alles said.
Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers expressed deep concern for the continuing stress on the agency, first thrust into turmoil five years ago with disclosures about sexual misconduct by agents in Colombia and subsequent White House security breaches.
A special investigative panel formed after a particularly egregious 2014 White House breach also found that that agents and uniform officers worked "an unsustainable number of hours,'' which also contributed to troubling attrition rates.
While about 800 agents and uniformed officers were hired during the past year as part of an ongoing recruiting blitz to bolster the ranks, attrition limited the agency's net staffing gain to 300, according to agency records. And last year, Congress had to approve a one-time fix to ensure that 1,400 agents would be compensated for thousands of hours of overtime earned above compensation limits. Last year's compensation shortfall was first disclosed by USA TODAY.
"It is clear that the Secret Service's demands will continue to be higher than ever throughout the Trump administration,'' said Jennifer Werner, a spokesperson for Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/21/secret-service-cant-pay-agents-because-trumps-frequent-travel-large-family/529075001/
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-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Aug. 21, 2017 at 9:40 AM
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They don't need secret service they've got the KKK and the Nazis
Mom2Just1
by Platinum Member on Aug. 21, 2017 at 10:23 AM
This is crazy! People need to be paid for their work. What happens if we can't
Protect the president properly? Maybe he should cut back on taking so many trips.
Wolffie
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2017 at 10:39 AM
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Again, if he's going to his own properties and he makes so much money, I don't see why he can't donate rooms and golf carts to the people who are assigned to protect him. Or would that be seen as a bribe?

MomTiara19
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2017 at 10:44 AM
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Trump and his family galavant around on tax payer money like they are royalty.

The right wont care and wont even believe this article.His followers dont give a crap about anything but their confederate statues.

Never mind that Trumps idea of draining the swamp means draining middle class America dry.

Send all those fake news believers Trumps fake bills.I didnt vote for his dumb ass.Why should I pay.Let him pay for his own damn security.

$20million f@@ckin in 2 months!!!Yet we cut money on medicaid and everything else.Disgusting.

ILive4This
by Robin on Aug. 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM
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He's profiting from his presidency, maybe he should kick in for the Secret Service.
francee89
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:09 PM
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Mobile Photo

There's truly a tweet for every occasion.
francee89
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:13 PM
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February 2016:

"I love golf, but if I were in the White House, I don't think I'd ever see Turnberry again. I don't think I'd ever see Doral again — I own Doral in Miami — I don't think I'd ever see many of the places that I have. I don't ever think I'd see anything — I just wanna stay in the White House and work my ass off, make great deals, right? Who's gonna leave?"
coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:15 PM
It would affect his bottom line and he would never allow that.

Quoting Wolffie:

Again, if he's going to his own properties and he makes so much money, I don't see why he can't donate rooms and golf carts to the people who are assigned to protect him. Or would that be seen as a bribe?

Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:16 PM
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How sad for these agents. I'm sure they'll get paid, but even the suggestion of a shortage of funds must be so demoralizing.
Ms.KitKat
by Ruby Member on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:19 PM
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Then I say, trump's ass has to stay in the wh and his adult children need to stay states-side; unless of course they want to start contributing to their protection details.

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