Secret Service struggle to pay agents due to ‘decade-old’ issue, ‘NOT attributed’ to Trump, but headlines blame him anyway

The Secret Service is struggling to pay agents, in part because of the size of President Donald Trump’s family. The reasons given clearly stated that the problem was a decade-old and NOT as a specific result of Trump:

“This issue is not one that can be attributed to the current Administration’s protection requirements, but rather has been an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo,” the Secret Service statement read.

But that didn’t the stop headlines and social media from jumping at the chance to blame him, anyway.

“The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump’s family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast,” USA Today reported.

Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles spoke with USA Today, noting the size of Trump’s family — for the record, 42 people have protection under Trump, compared to 31 people under former President Barack Obama.

“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles said. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”

Amid the backlash, Alles would issued a statement later clarifying that this has been a decade-long problem and is not due to Trump’s protection requirements.

Overtime compensation is at the center of the problem, with agents having already hit limits mandated by Congress.

As for the backlash, here’s a sampling of hits directed at the president from Twitter:

https://twitter.com/bee_persistent/status/899966116444950532

https://twitter.com/kyungkarenmend1/status/899791976710537216

Not that Trump didn’t have his supporters

https://twitter.com/MichelleRMed/status/899638325002346496

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