The Secret Service maxed out budget protecting Trump
By Brian Seay
The Trump family walks down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House on Inauguration Day. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Just seven months into his presidency, the Secret Service said it has run out of money to protect President Donald Trump and his family.
Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told USA Today the size of president’s family and their frequent trips all over the country, and the globe, has already caused the agency to exceed its budget.
“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles said. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”
With Trump in the White House, 42 people need protection, including 18 of the president’s family members. Comparatively, with Obama in office, 31 people needed protection.
Alles said more than 1,000 Secret Service agents have already hit the federally mandated salary and overtime caps that were supposed to last through the end of the year. Without approval from Congress for more funding, Alles won’t be able to pay agents for work they’ve already done, and they wouldn’t be eligible for any more overtime.
Alles is asking Congress to raise the combined salary and overtime maximums from $160,000 per year to $187,000. Even if that gets