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Trump Comes Under Fire After Secret Service Makes Startling Revelation

A new report has revealed a surprising development in the Secret Service. As it turns out, Trump's presidency may just be too much for the organization to handle.

Secret Service protection is not free. Agents need to be compensated, and the agency as a whole costs a pretty penny to ensure that it’s operating at peak efficiency. While that’s on agency directors to ensure that happens, their job becomes all the more difficult when they run out of cash. That’s what’s happening right about now, and the fingers are being pointed at the costs of protecting President Donald Trump’s large family.

As USA Today shares, Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles has revealed that the more than 1,000 agents in service have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances for the year. That’s in large part due to the size of Trump's family, as well as the efforts necessary to secure multiple residences up and down the East Coast.

"The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law. I can't change that. I have no flexibility," Alles said. "I don't see this changing in the near term."

Under Trump’s watch, there are 42 people that require protection. During the Obama years, that number stood at 31. Absent congressional intervention to provide additional funding, Alles runs the risk of not being able to pay agents for work already completed. For an agency that’s already seen a thinning of its ranks, that’s not a good look, to say the least.

"It is clear that the Secret Service's demands will continue to be higher than ever throughout the Trump administration," noted Jennifer Werner, a spokesperson for Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings. "We cannot expect the Secret Service to be able to recruit and keep the best of the best if they are not being paid for these increases (in overtime hours)."

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill contends that Congress is working towards a solution.

"Ensuring the men and women who put their lives on the line protecting the president, his family and others every day are getting paid fairly for their work is a priority," she said. "I'm committed to working with my colleagues on both sides to get this done.''

Talking points are great, but that does little to solve the problem at hand.

"Normally, we are not this tapped out," Alles continued. "They understand. They accommodate to the degree they can and to the degree that it can be controlled. They have been supportive the whole time."

While the protection of the president and his family is obviously a priority, the needs of the agents have to factor into play here as well.

"We're making progress. We have them working all night long; we're sending them on the road all of the time," Alles adds. "There are no quick fixes, but over the long term, I've got to give them a better balance (of work and private life) here."

Congress needs to act ASAP to get this situation rectified, and it would be super helpful if the Trump family could cut down on the travel until a solution is implemented.

Source: USA Today
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