There isn’t enough money to protect Trump & his family: Secret Service

Security outside Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

On Monday, the Secret Service issued a statement that there isn’t enough money to manage the cost for protection the U.S President Donald Trump and his family by the end of September 2017. The agency might hit federally mandated cap on salaries and overtime till intervene of the U.S Congress. The agency officials have indicated that if legislators don’t lift the cap regarding a third of the agency’s agents would be working overtime without being paid. Point to be noted the Director Randolph Alles said in a statement that the Secret Service has estimated that at least 1,100 employees will work overtime hours in excess of statutory pay caps during the calendar year 2017. The agency has worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the Congress, and the Administration over the past several months to find a reasonable solution to solve this serious issue.

The Secret Service is also responsible for providing protection for 4 adult children of Trump. Alles indicated overall increases to his agency’s staff levels and it grew by 800 during the current year. He added that the issue is not one that can be attributed to the current Administration’s protection requirements alone. He pointed out that the Secret Service in recent years has frequently received permission from Congress to exceed the overtime and salary cap. Alles called the agency’s current predicament, first reported by USA Today, “an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo”. The Secret Service is now protecting 42 people around the clock. The Trump protection number includes 18 members of the president’s family.