Trump’s non-stop vacations have bankrupted the Secret Service

Donald Trump’s non-stop vacations to his various golf courses have bankrupted the Secret Service, USA Today reports.

The problem is the size of Trump’s extended family, plus the necessity of keeping agents full-time at Trump’s various golf courses up and down the east coast.

As a result, the Secret Service has already spent its entire budget allotted for the year, and it’s only August.

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Among the costs:

– Keeping a permanent presence at Trump’s golf courses.
– Not only protecting the Trump children, but traveling with Eric and Don Jr. when they travel abroad to promote the Trump family business. During Eric Trump’s recent trip to Uruguay, the Secret Service had to spend $100,000 on hotel rooms alone.

A General Accounting Office report estimated that the cost of protecting Trump for a weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida — which Trump calls the “Winter White House” — is $3 million per weekend.

And judging by the number of vacations Trump takes — the Washington Post calculated that in his first six months on the job, Trump took 3x as many vacations as President Obama — the Secret Service’s budget problems won’t get better any time soon.

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  • NotConvinced

    Actually the plan is to take crossing guards for children and put them in golf carts to follow the president.

  • NotConvinced

    Who will guard Ivanka’s tremendous shoe collection?

  • NotConvinced

    Can we expect security breaches? *

    *Disclaimer :I’m not religious so I am incapable of praying for this. Period.

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  • Martha Bartha

    See! I knew this would happen!

  • woodroad34

    Well, that would be two out of two.

  • d3clark

    He’ll get Mexico to pay for it.

  • woodroad34

    Sure. If he’s going to bankrupt America, I’m sure it will be by having his Capos in other departments slip him some protection money from their budgets.

  • MoonDragon

    They haven’t, technically bankrupted the Secret Service, but they have strained the resources. What has happened is that, with overtime and per diems and other reimbursements, many agents have reached the mandatory maximum yearly compensation for their pay grades. They cannot be paid more for the work that they do without, I believe, congressional intervention.

  • Demosthenes

    He can skim a bit more off of his profiting off of the government with his properties.

  • Martha Bartha

    They love their Orange Wonder.

  • Jimmy

    Trump treats the presidency like he probably does his business: as a means to prop up his luxury lifestyle. This time the taxpayers are footing the bill, and if you ask Trump voters they’d probably approve.

  • woodroad34

    How’s he going to pay for it without a salary?

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Agreed. Send the orange one the bill.

  • Demosthenes

    A real billionaire, and not a poseur, grifter, and retired in place con man, would pay for his own protection.

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