Report: Secret Service can’t afford to pay agents to protect Trump family

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Source:  cbsnews.com/Rebecca Shabad

The Secret Service can no longer afford to pay agents needed to protect President Trump and his family because of an unprecedented number of White House protectees and because of frequent travel, according to USA Today.

“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Service Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told USA Today in an interview. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”

In a statement Monday, Alles said that the Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all mission requirements through Sept. 30 within the statutory pay caps, but the agency estimates that about 1,100 will work overtime hours in excess of statutory pay caps through December.

As a result, the director is discussing with members of Congress to raise the caps from $160,000 per year to $187,000 for the rest of Mr. Trump’s first term, CBS News confirmed.

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