Being a member of the Secret Service and protecting the leader of the free world is no easy task. Every day and night, you work vigorous hours and put your life on the line protecting the President Of The United States and his loved ones. To be honest, they probably don’t get paid enough to do their jobs considering the scarcity of free time they receive including the time they get to spend with their families. Unfortunately, Donald Trump hasn’t made their jobs any easier since his start into the Oval Office. Reports are surfacing from the Secret Service about the strain Trump and his family have placed in the past few months and it could potentially place their safety in jeopardy.
According to a report from USA Today, the Secret Service began to run out of funding, due to the size of Trump’s family and their lifestyle habits. According to CNN, Trump currently had 18 people from his family under protection but in total has 42 people under Secret Service watch. During Barack Obama’s two terms in office, he had 31 people under Secret Service protection. The director of the Secret Service, Randolph Alles, also told CNN that this has been a lingering issue since Obama’s first term in office. Director Alles told CNN the following: “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 working tempo.” This makes sense because President Obama was a social lightning rod and Trump is surrounded by a mass of controversy at all times. According to CNN, the Director wants to work with lawmakers to increase the salary of Secret Service agents from $160,000 to $187,000 dollars per year and increase the Secret Service by 3,000 members by alleviating and altering it’s drug policy. But the financial strain has come more from the family’s travel habits as opposed to the size of his family.
Donald Trump originally stated he wouldn’t be taking vacations due to the amount of work that needed to be done but the exact opposite has happened. Trump has taken 3 trips to his Florida resort which has costed over 3 million dollars, 5 to New Jersey to play golf, and another to his Trump Tower in New York according to NY Mag. The last set of trips from the family have cost anywhere from $7,000, to $22,000 then going up to $64,000 and as high as $100,000.
As before stated, the Secret Service makes a lot of self sacrifices and it is highly unfair for them to be burdened with this stress. If they are being burdened with following the President or his family on business occasions it would be different but casual vacationing and financial expenditures aren’t fair to these agents and to be honest, it is a waste of time and money. Trump criticized Obama for playing golf but has milked the Secret Service of their time and efforts and has cost more in seven months than Obama’s entire two terms. He also forced the Secret Service to backtrack and state they weren’t running out of money, but we can all see the writing on the wall. Maybe if he had practiced being a better man and president like he does his golf swing, our country would be in a better state.