Donald Trump and his family are trying to bankrupt the United States Secret Service. According to reports, more than 1,000 Secret Service agents have hit their salary and overtime caps for the year. This is due to the president’s decision to spend time at multiple residences and take multiple vacations. Each trip he, or his family takes ends up costing the government a small fortune. On top of this, 42 people have been place under the protection of the Secret Service, 18 of which are not even part of the administration, just family members.
USAToday reports that Randolph Allen, the Secret Service Director has started to talk to lawmakers to increase the combined overtime and salary caps for agents to $187,0000 per year, through the first term for Trump. This would be a $27,000 per agent increase. However, that is not enough. Even if the proposal to increase the salaries, around 130 agents would not receive full compensation for hundreds of hours they have already put in.
And this is only part of the problem. While Donald Trump or his family have been in New York, the Secret Service had been leasing space in Trump Tower. Unfortunately, they were unable to come to an agreement with the Trump Organization, and are now working to protect the first family from a trailer outside of the building.
And the attitude from the Trump administration shows little to no remorse. Trump talks about cutting money from Medicaid, Medicare, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, cutting money from here, there, and everywhere, but then nearly bankrupts the federal agency that is sworn to protect him.
And the trouble does not stop there. Trump is seeing criticism from all over. Not just over the many vacations he is taking or the cost to the Secret Service, but over his actions, or lack of actions, specifically over the last couple weeks. On Friday, following the violence in Virginia, 16 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned. They sent a letter to the president stating that his inability to label the white supremacists as a negative influence and a problem was something that they could no longer stay part of the Trump administration because of his lack of action.
Whether or not the overspending Donald Trump has caused the Secret Service will be fixed, or if the president will stop his multiple vacations, costing the government more and more money will stop is yet to be seen. It is highly doubtful, and it is a good bet Trump will deflect the blame towards “Fake News” or somewhere else.
By Cletus Dillwood
Official White House Photo Courtesy Andrea Hanks