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.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 22, 2017
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.
Secret Service statement on USA Today report agency is out of $ for Trump protective mission pic.twitter.com/myffT3PW1x
— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) August 21, 2017
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:
Not only did he bankrupt the Secret Service, he did so by making HIMSELF richer.
The President who said he'd be too busy to play golf has already played so much golf the Secret Service is bankrupt https://t.co/Dji2GxgOZ6
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) August 21, 2017
I also hear from multiple sources that Secret Service agents are at the end of their rope, sick of being treated like servants by Trump. https://t.co/EavXQb48qI
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) August 21, 2017
You can’t make this stuff up.https://t.co/KmSsYBAVX7
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) August 21, 2017
1991: Taj Mahal
1992: Trump Castle
1992: Plaza Hotel & Casino
2004: Hotels & Casino Resorts
2017: Secret Service
— Lee Ann Lewman (@LALewman) August 21, 2017
Maybe Trump can get Mexico to throw in a little extra with the wall money to pay for his Secret Service protection! ??#TrumpResign
— Betty (@missannie20) August 21, 2017
Not that Trump didn’t have his supporters
Six months in? This is a lie.
— Nicholas Virzi (@nicholasvirzi) August 22, 2017
Due the “sheer size”. That’s out of his hands. Are we blaming him for the size of his family now? All issues should’ve been addressed before pic.twitter.com/7D6bkXuikP
— Kelly (@sunnydays878) August 22, 2017
— coastalcrazy (@coastalcrazy) August 22, 2017
The biased and corrupt media with their hateful rhetoric towards Trump and his family is the reason the Secret Service requires more money.
— RD (@real_defender) August 21, 2017
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