By Evan Henerson
We already knew about the size of the Trump family and its lavish spending habits. Now it turns out the Secret Service may not have the funds to pay to protect the First Family’s lifestyle.
USA Today reports than more than 1,000 Secret Service agents have hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were supposed to last the entire year.
How could that possibly happen, you ask? Well, when 42 people (including 18 Trump family members) need protecting, when you’re looking after a First Family that bounces between Florida, New Jersey and Virginia; when the kids are constantly going abroad for business or vacation; heck, when the Secret Service has to shell out $60,000 on golf cart rentals alone to protect Trump at Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster, the tab will run up.
Secret Services Director Randolph “Tex” Alles basically told USA Today that the situation “is what it is,” and he’s hoping Congress coughs up some extra funds or increases the salary and overtime caps.
“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,” USA Today reports.
(Incidentally, what are the odds that Trump decries the Secret Service data as “fake news” and sacks Aisles over doing the interview?)
Here are a couple more figures:
- $3 million: estimated cost of the president’s trip to Mar-A-Lago. He’s gone to Mar-A-Lago seven times since his inauguration, five times to Bedminster, NJ and once to Trump Towers in Manhattan.
- $100,000: Amount spent by the Secret Service on hotel rooms to accompany Eric Trump’s business travel to Uruguay.
- $20 million: Per CNN, amount Trump spent on private travel to Mar-a-Lago in his first 80 days in office, putting him on pace in his first year in office to eclipse the amount of the Obama family’s travel budget over their entire eight years.
As an interesting footnote, news of the Secret Service budget shortage was part of what so irritated Jennifer Miller, an Oregon mother of three, that she commented on the wealth-flaunting Instagram post of Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Linton fired back at Miller, and ended up taking so much heat and backlash that she (Linton) took down the post and apologized.