The Secret Service, already stretched thin trying to provide security for President Trump’s large family, has now found itself unable to pay hundreds of agents on the commander-in-chief’s protective detail, according to a report Monday.
Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles said more than 1,000 agents have already reached the federally mandated salary caps and overtime allowances for the entire year, USA Today reported.
“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles told the newspaper. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”
He said 42 people under Trump require protection, including 18 members of his family. Only 31 people required security teams during the Obama administration.
In the first seven months of the Trump administration, agents assigned to the president traveled with him nearly every weekend to one of his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia.
They also accompanied Trump’s family members who have taken business trips and vacations in the US and abroad, Alles said.
The compensation has become such a critical concern that Alles said he has begun discussions with lawmakers about raising the salary and overtime cap for agents to $187,000 from $160,000 — at least for Trump’s first term.
Even with that bump, Alles said about 130 veteran agents would not be fully compensated for hundreds of hours they’ve already logged, the newspaper reported.
Since the January inauguration, Trump has traveled to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, seven times, to his golf resort in Bedminster, NJ, five times and to Trump Tower once, the report said.
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SOURCE: NY Post, Mark Moore