Secret Service: Trump's Not Our Only Problem

The Secret Service has added about 800 agents and officers in the past year in an effort to cut overtime costs

The agency's director, Tex Alles, told the paper that more than 1,000 agents have already hit their federally mandated overtime caps.

Alles is now discussing options with Congress, including bumping the overtime cap from $160,000 per year to $187,000 at least for Trump's first term.

Despite Donald Trump promising he would "not be a president that takes time off" prior to his election, the now president has depleted the funds of the Secret Service due to his constant travel and golf outings. Trump has made seven trips so far this year to Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, five to his vacation home and golf course in Bedminster, N.J., and one to Trump Tower in NY. The Trump administration has also placed 42 people under Secret Service protection-18 of whom are family members.

The president's hectic travel schedule and large family has cost the overworked agency, according to a Monday report from USA Today.

"I don't see this changing in the near term", Alles said. "I have no flexibility", Alles told the paper.

Donald Trump's non-stop vacations to his various golf courses have bankrupted the Secret Service, USA Today reports. Thirty-one people were protected during previous president Barack Obama's administration.

More than 1,000 agents have already met the cap for salary and overtime that was suppose to last the agency the whole year. It seems like every single weekend features a trip out of Washington and to whatever Trump property he feels like golfing at. At least Ivanka Trump and husband/senior advisor Jared Kushner are working for the government, but their vacations require protection too.

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers expressed deep concern for the continuing stress on the agency, first thrust into turmoil five years ago with disclosures about sexual misconduct by agents in Colombia and subsequent White House security breaches. But back pay for their work may not be possible even with congressional approval for additional funding.

The jaunts to Mar-a-Lago cost a whopping $3 million a piece, according to estimates based off of a General Accounting Office review of similar travel costs incurred by former President Barak Obama.

Nearly every weekend since becoming president, Trump has travelled to one of his properties in Virginia, New Jersey, New York or Florida.

The total cost to taxpayers of these Trump family voyages is not yet known, but the pieces of data that have emerged are eye-opening.

However, the newspaper reported, that raised cap would still leave around 130 agents without being fully compensated for hours they have already served.

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