According to an Interview granted by Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles to USA Today, the US Secret Service cannot pay hundreds of agents to protect President Donald Trump and his large family and their multiple residences up and down the East Coast.
Director Randolph said that 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.
The agency has faced a crushing workload since the height of the contentious election season, and it has not relented in the first seven months of the administration. Agents must protect Trump – who has travelled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia – and 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.”
Under Trump, 42 people have protection, a number that includes 18 members of his family. That’s up from 31 during the Obama administration.
However, Alles in a later statement released to CNN said that the problem isn’t just related to the Trump administration and has been going on for many years.
“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,” part of the statement read.