The U.S. Secret Service had an annual budget slated for this year and has already run out of funds to pay its agents due to the number of times President Trump and his family have taken a vacation this year.
The frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, FL and Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ has caused more than 1,000 secret service agents to have already hit their federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances.
Because of this, the secret service no longer has the funds needed for its agents the rest of the year to protect the president or his family – and hundreds of veteran agents will not be fully compensated for the hundreds of hours of work already put in.
Now – this isn’t to say Trump will go without protection. Federal law requires it. However, this does mean that there will be a whole lot of unhappy agents who aren’t getting paid for the work they are doing.
It doesn’t help that 18 members of Trump’s family are receiving protection, causing further strains on the budget, including security that his family has conducted on behalf of Trump’s private company doing business overseas to promote Trump’s properties. For instance, Eric Trump took a business trip to Uruguay and they had to spend $100,000 on hotels just to protect him.
But, Trump’s personal vacations are also causing the majority of the problem:
Every time he goes to Mar-a-Lago, it costs the Secret Service about $3 million per visit. Trump has gone to one of his golf properties almost every weekend since becoming president.
The Secret Service has also spent an odd amount on golf cart rentals, $60,000 to be precise.
Currently, Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles is trying to find a fix to the budget disaster, saying it’s a “serious problem.” He gave an interview with USA Today and is trying to work with the Trump administration and Department of Homeland Security to find a remedy.
“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles said. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”