The Secret Service is having trouble keeping up with paying agents due to tight funds.
This means they are having trouble affording to keep President Donald Trump and his family safe. Not a good time for that to happen.
USA Today reported Monday that the Secret Service could “no longer afford to pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission” due to the Trump family’s size, his multiple residences, and frequent travel. According to the report, under the Trump administration, 42 people have protection — 18 of whom are family members — compared to the 31 people with protection under the Obama administration.
But according to Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles, the problem of tight overtime funding is an ongoing issue.
This is not an isolated Trump issue though, even if Liberals try to make it out that way. Alles said, “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.”
The Secret Service has been stretched particularly thin since the 2016 presidential election, with little break in the first seven months of the Trump administration. The president has traveled numerous times to his multiple properties along the East Coast in Florida, New Jersey, and Virginia, and his adult children have traveled across the country and overseas.
“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles told USA Today. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”
Later Monday morning, Alles said in a statement to Fox News that the Secret Service has “the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements” this year and to “compensate employees for overtime within statutory pay caps.”