The Secret Service requested an additional $60 million in funds for fiscal year 2018, according to internal agency documents reviewed by The Washington Post, a request that was denied by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), according to a Post source.
The Secret Service, an agency who has come under fire recently for its inability to keep intruders off the White House grounds, finds itself stretched protecting President Trump and his family, including wife Melania and son, Barron Trump, who continue to live in Trump Tower in New York City, and the president’s adult children and their immediate families, daughter Ivanka and sons Donald Jr. and Eric.
Of the additional $60 million in funds requested, nearly $27 million was earmarked for protecting the Trumps and the Trump Tower home while the other $33 million was to cover travel costs related to protecting the president, vice president and visiting foreign leaders.
Since his inauguration in January 2017, President Trump has traveled to Mar-a-Lago, his privately-owned Palm Beach, Florida golf resort, coined “the winter White House,” five times.
If The Washington Post’s internal source was correct in the information that the additional funding was denied by the Trump White House via the OMB, the Secret Service will have to find ways to trim its costs in other services the organization provides, including investigating cybercrimes and counterfeit money issues along with investigating missing and exploited minors.
As an example of the Secret Service’s protection duties for President Trump and his family alone, over the weekend of March 21 and March 22, the president was at Mar-a-Lago; Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric were in Aspen, Colorado with their significant others – minus Jared Kushner, Ivanka’s husband and senior advisor to the president; Melania and Barron were in New York City.
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