Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles tells USA TODAY more than 1,000 agents have already hit the salary and overtime allowance meant to last the entire year.
WASHINGTON – “I alone can fix it,” Donald Trump famously declared as he accepted the presidential nomination last summer. When it comes to the serious budget crisis now facing the president’s Secret Service, that might actually be true.
As USA TODAY first reported Monday, the Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents, who are grappling with protecting a president who spends almost every weekend traveling to properties he owns on the East Coast and the 18-member first family’s frequent business trips and vacations. Director Randolph “Tex” Alles said more than 1,000 agents have already hit federally mandated caps on annual salary and overtime allowances meant to last the whole year.
Congress would have to intervene to get these agents paid. But former Secret Service officials and ethics experts say there are some simple ways that Trump himself could ease the financial burden – and personal strain – he and his family are putting on the men and women who protect him. Trump could:
Spend more time at the White House
“That would help solve the problem,” said John Magaw, a former Secret Service director who began his career nearly three decades earlier as an agent under Lyndon Johnson in 1967.
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