The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out their protective mission of President Trump and his family, the agency’s director told USA Today.
Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles said that 1,000 agents have already hit their federally mandated caps salary and overtime limits which were meant to last the entire year.
The increased spending is due in part to Trump’s frequent travel from the White House to his properties along the East Coast and the sheer size of President Trump’s family.
Alles told the paper that he is currently in discussions with lawmakers to increase the pay caps for agents from $160,000 to $187,000 per year.
According to USA Today, more than $6.6 million in taxpayer money has gone into protecting Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida since he took office in January. Each of his trips cost taxpayers an estimated $1 million.
“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles told the newspaper. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”
The Secret Service protects 42 members of the Trump administration, including 18 members of the president’s family. By comparison, thirty-one people were protected by secret service agents during the Obama administration, USA Today reports.
The Hill adds:
Trump’s son, Eric, made headlines earlier this year for his business trip to Uruguay in January that cost taxpayers nearly $100,000 to house embassy employees and Secret Service agents in hotels, according to USA Today.
Earlier this year, the Secret Service requested a $60 million budget increase to cover Trump’s protection costs.