Trump Regime

Trump is Bankrupting the Secret Service

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

USA Today reported this morning that the Secret Service is quite literally running out of money and cannot even pay their agents.

Secret Service Director Randolph Alles, who I refuse to refer to as "Tex," says more than 1,000 agents have already reached the yearly limit for overtime.

Alles said the service is grappling with an unprecedented number of White House protectees. Under Trump, 42 people have protection, a number that includes 18 members of his family. That's up from 31 during the Obama administration.

Overwork and constant travel have also been driving a recent exodus from the Secret Service ranks, yet without congressional intervention to provide additional funding, Alles will not even be able to pay agents for the work they have already done.

According to agency sources who spoke to Huffington Post reporter Christina Wilkie, morale is exceptionally among Secret Service agents because Trump treats them like shit.

I can't imagine that will surprise anyone who's reading this.

Secret Service Director Alles will soon take his case for more money to Congress which will almost certainly give it to him, but it's a perfect opportunity for ranking Democrats on various congressional committees to dig into exactly how much money the Secret Service is paying Trump's business. USA Today also reported that the service has spent $60,000 on golf cart rentals.

We should probably expect to see Republicans in Congress do everything they can to avoid scrutinizing Secret Service expenditures. Actually, it would not surprise me if Republicans try to insert a blank check for the agency into an unrelated bill to avoid scrutiny. They love doing that.

  • Christopher Foxx

    morale is exceptionally among Secret Service agents

    Looks like you left out a word. But I’m sure we can guess it wasn’t “high”.

  • Aynwrong

    I thought Trump was a billionaire? Wasn’t that half the logic of electing this bad joke? Why isn’t the Secret Service granted free lodging for the work they do at Trump Tower? Why isn’t Trump or the Trump Organization picking up the tab at the golf courses?

    I thought Trump was a billionaire?!?

    • ninjaf

      And he is working for “free,” too.

  • Draxiar

    Is it even worth asking what the Republican reaction would be if President Obama did this?

  • Nefercat

    From the SS website: “Protection for the President and Vice President of the United States is mandatory. All other individuals entitled to Secret Service protection may decline security if they choose.”

    So when are these family members going to do the responsible thing and turn down SS protection for their own private activities unrelated to government activities and events?

    And when does someone (Kelly?) sit that bloated orange slug down and tell him to move the wife and kid into the White House and that if they want a break they can damn well go to Camp David?

    Honestly, there is a SS budget. Why do they get to just blow through it with absolutely no regard for budget limitations? Do SS protectees have any responsibilities at all? “Gee, there’s nothing left in the budget to pay the agents assigned to you. So either turn down protection and do whatever the hell you want, or stay the hell home and watch old Apprentice reruns.”

    And where are the conservatives now? They bleated and wailed and foamed at the mouth about the mythical leventy bazillion dollar Obama vacations. They objected to Grandma Robinson in the White House to watch the girls.

    Say what you will about Dubya, when he wanted a break he trotted off regularly to his private Crawford ranch with good security and limited access, unlike trump and his trashy Mar-a-Lago resort and flitting off to every golf course on the east coast with nightmarish security expenses every step of the way.

    • muselet

      TPM commenter “lizzymom”:

      But the Drumpfie clan think having a circle of Secret Service guys around them is a sign of status and being the cool kids. Ain’t no way they’re gonna decline that.

      And no member of the Trump family is concerned about doing “the responsible thing,” as far as I can tell.


    • Christopher Foxx

      And where are the conservatives now? They bleated and wailed and foamed at the mouth about the mythical leventy bazillion dollar Obama vacations. They objected to Grandma Robinson in the White House to watch the girls.

      Rhetorical question, of course. Hypocrisy is one of the defining characteristics of Republicans. (The other is sociopathy.)

  • muselet

    “Trump treats them like servants.”

    Donald Trump treats Secret Service agents the way he treated/treats his private security people: as employees, who are inherently ignorable.

    Hey, on the bright side, at least he’s not treating the Secret Service the way he treats contractors.

    I wonder if Trump even realizes Secret Service agents are expected to protect his person at all costs*. Pissing off people who are there, possibly literally, to take a bullet for you is colossally stupid.


    * Yes, he probably does at some level, but loyalty only flows one way with Donald Trump and it’s not from him to anyone else. He will treat the Secret Service like dirt because he always treats the help like dirt.

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    • ninjaf

      He probably actually feels entitled to their lives, since he is President. This is why he has no respect for their time and personal lives.

      • Christopher Foxx

        He undoubtedly feels entitled to their lives because he’s Trump. Getting elected didn’t add anything to his already overwhelming ego and sense of entitlement.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Hey, on the bright side, at least he’s not treating the Secret Service the way he treats contractors.

      They’re not getting paid for work they’ve already done*. They’re being treated exactly like Trump treats contractors.

      * Yeah, I know Congress will end up paying them. Much like the courts coming by after the fact and forcing Trump to pay his debts.

      • muselet

        Donald Trump’s not stiffing the USSS and daring them to take him to court, so he’s not treating them exactly like contractors.

        I know, it’s a distinction without a difference.