Secret Service can't pay agents to protect Donald Trump's large family


The agency can't afford to pay hundreds of agents to expand its protection of the extremely large family of President Donald Trump and their many homes up and down the East Coast, according to a report published Monday.

The expensive protection for President Trump and his family is putting a funding crunch on the Secret Service.

"The President has a large family and our responsibility is required in law".

The Secret Service has added about 800 agents and officers in the past year in an effort to cut overtime costs.

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Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles said the agency is once again working with lawmakers to ensure that staffers receive the overtime pay they're entitled to.

Since Trump has taken over the Oval Office, he has had several trips to his property in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, his place in Bedminster, New Jersey and a number of times to other golf clubs. "I can't change that".

In all, 42 people in the Trump administration have Secret Service protection.

Trump's adult children have also racked up significant expenses for their security details, with wide-ranging travel for Trump Organization business as well as vacations in exotic locales.

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"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 almost a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo", Mr Alles said in a statement.

He later issued a statement through a spokesman, asserting that "This issue is not one that can be attributed to the current Administration's protection requirements, but rather has been an ongoing issue for almost a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo".

Secret Service agents are having their battles fought for them, at least financially, with hopes that their $160,000 per year salary can be raised to $187,000 during Trump's first presidential term.

"The president is committed to ensuring the Secret Service and all of those protecting our country have all the resources they need", it said. That still would not cover all of the overtime which needs to be paid to Secret Service agents for work already done.

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