Trump’s travel to NJ, large family has Secret Service running low on cash
BEDMINSTER — With President Donald Trump making regular trips to his properties in New Jersey and Florida, and his family making personal and business trips out of the country, the Secret Service is running out of money to properly pay the people charged with protecting them.
In an interview with USA Today, Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles said the agency has seen 1,000 agents hit their maximum allowable salary and overtime amounts for the year. Alles said during the interview that the agency has seen its workload increase to unusually high amounts since the elections.
The fact that the president has adult children who need to be protected during their regular lives, he said, has also added to the strain and financial constraints.
"The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law," he said. "I can't change that. I have no flexibility."
Alles said he is working with congressional leaders to help increase the spending limits the service can use to pay agents, and is also hoping a hiring surge will help offset costs as well.
While he went to his Mar-a-Lago club in the winter months earlier this year Trump has been a regular at Trump National Bedminster in the summer. His visits have presented new challenges and experiences to the small Somerset County town, with local airfields being affected by flight restrictions when he is in town.
The Secret Service has also had to deal with regular protests outside the club when Trump is in town. Last month, Rep. Leonard Lance announced that the Bedminster Club had been declared a priority for the Secret Service, allowing local governments to be reimbursed for their costs protecting him while he's in New Jersey.
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