Secret Service Asks For $60M More To Protect Trump
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 16:11
The U.S. Secret Service requested $60 million in additional funding for the next year, offering the most precise estimate yet of the escalating costs for travel and protection resulting from the unusually complicated lifestyle of the Trump family, according to internal agency documents reviewed by The Washington Post.
The documents, obtained by The Washington Post, show that roughly $26.8 million of the funds would have been used to protect Trump's wife, Melania, and son Barron, who have been staying in Trump Tower in New York City instead of living with Trump in the White House.
At the same time, the Secret Service has found itself grappling with unexpected costs and travel demands posed by protecting Trump and his large family.
President Trump was in the White House at the time of the incident, and the Secret Service has said that "lapses in security protocols" allowed the incident to occur.
"Mrs. Trump will be moving to DC and settling in to the White House at the end of the school year, splitting her time between NY and DC in the meantime", Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, senior adviser to the first lady, said in a statement. Among these costs are those associated with Trump's almost-weekly visits to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, which have already cost local law enforcement over $1.5 million.
While best known for protecting the president, Secret Service agents also investigate cybercrimes, counterfeit-money operations and cases involving missing and exploited minors.
The source believes Tran made his way past a several Secret Service posts and jumped the White House gate, hiding behind a pillar of the East Wing entrance, CNN reported.
To ensure Trump and his family are secure, the Secret Service asked for a budget increase.
And the Secret Service doesn't have much choice in the matter.
The Secret Service later denied Young's claims, saying that "those reports are all false" and "no one got past the Secret Service".
It looks like the president's trips are getting way pricier.
According to the Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, he was informed by the Secretary of Homeland Security that the person had gone into the White House undetected for over 17 minutes, which was a serious matter as the president was inside the palace.
"The Secret Service can not dictate the lifestyle of the protectee". "They might have told us not to go in there".
The detained a man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a vehicle that was deemed suspicious.