*A report in USA Today says the Secret Service can no longer pay the hundreds of agents it needs to protect President Trump and his family across multiple residences up and down the East Coast.
According to Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles, more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year.
Agents are required to protect Trump – who has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia – as well as his adult children whose business trips and vacations have taken them across the country and overseas.
“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles said. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”
Alles said the Secret Service has an unprecedented amount of White House folks to protect. Under Trump, 42 people have protection, a number that includes 18 members of his family. That’s up from 31 during the Obama administration.
Via USA Today:
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.
The compensation crunch is so serious that the director has begun discussions with key lawmakers to raise the combined salary and overtime cap for agents, from $160,000 per year to $187,000 for at least the duration of Trump’s first term.
But even if such a proposal was approved, about 130 veteran agents would not be fully compensated for hundreds of hours already amassed, according to the agency.
“I don’t see this changing in the near term,” Alles said.