Secret Service to Run Out of Money to Protect Trump

Donald Trump and his family's travel and vacation expenses will result in 1,100 Secret Service agents working overtime this year, and the Secret Service today said it will run out of money November 30.

The spending limits are supposed to last through December, but the cost of protecting the president and members of the extended first family, who have traveled extensively for business and vacations, has strained the Secret Service, local governments and at least one other federal agency, the Coast Guard.

Presidential travel for Trump and the first lady — who fly to their oceanfront Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., and to their golf club in Bedminster, N.J., on many weekends — has added costs for taxpayers and complications for the government. The Secret Service also must provide protection for Trump’s four adult children.

The Secret Service is protecting more people than it did under Obama:

The Secret Service now protects 42 people around the clock, 11 more than it did under Obama. The Trump protection number includes 18 members of the president’s family.

The most objectionable expense I think (besides Melania and Barron staying at Trump Tower for five4 months) is this:

Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr. traveled this year to the United Arab Emirates for business with their Secret Service details in tow, attending the grand opening of a Trump-brand golf resort in the “Beverly Hills of Dubai” 8,000 miles from the United States, for example.

Then there was Eric's trip to the Dominican Republic to resurrect another hotel deal that had ended in lawsuits, and his trip to Uruguay.

The Secret Service wants an extra $60 million next year to protect the Trump entourage.

Nearly half the additional money, $26.8 million, would pay to protect President Trump’s family and private home in New York’s Trump Tower.

Not only does Trump's approval rating continue to tank (it's now at 35%, the lowest point since he got a desk in the oval office, he's bleeding us dry.

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    And 7 Secret Service agents with Kellyanne (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Aug 21, 2017 at 03:57:28 PM EST
    In Wyoming to see the full eclipse. One of my old classmates was her fishing guide in Cody. I have the photo to prove where she was ;)

    And, over (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by KeysDan on Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 03:59:53 PM EST
    $100,000 paid by the Secret Service for car rentals to transport Tiffany (and mother, Marla..the second wife of Trump) around on their Roman Holiday.

    Why can't Congress (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Aug 21, 2017 at 05:03:39 PM EST
    refuse to allot the monies? Force Trump to curtail his travel and/or force his children to pay for their own security. Sorry, but I just don't see how the US taxpayers can be forced to pay for Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum's security on family business trips.

    family business trips (none / 0) (#4)
    by linea on Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 08:21:30 PM EST
    does anyone else feel there is a sort of implied u.s. government approval or backing when the sons are transacting business deals overseas flanked by u.s. secret service agents?

    Who exactly? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Aug 25, 2017 at 01:46:26 PM EST
    The "names" of the members of this "US government" that approve of Trump children using our Secret Service while the Trumplets make business deals.

    names? (none / 0) (#6)
    by linea on Fri Aug 25, 2017 at 09:29:03 PM EST
    i believe your newly-found enthusiasm to troll me got ahead of your reading comprehension.

    i was explaining why i feel it's inapropriate to have secret service agents escort the adult trump children on international business trips.


    i'm sorry (none / 0) (#7)
    by linea on Fri Aug 25, 2017 at 09:43:08 PM EST
    i didn't mean 'troll me' in an overtly abusive sense. i meant it more as a comment on you looking for and reacting negatively to my posts without bothering to understand what i wrote.

    A fundemental flaw (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Aug 26, 2017 at 09:59:03 AM EST
    I do understand what you wrote.

    Hang out with lawyers though. They start asking for the names of our strawmen :)


    that wooshing sound (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Aug 27, 2017 at 07:30:00 AM EST
    would be the point you were attempting to make flying over the head of its target.



    thank you!! (none / 0) (#9)
    by linea on Sat Aug 26, 2017 at 11:41:11 PM EST
    I do understand what you wrote.

    i'm sorry that i frustrate you sometimes. i don't mean to. sometimes i just get so angry and defensive when i feel people are treating me poorly or treating me like i'm stupid.