In an exclusive interview with USA Today, the head of the U.S. Secret Service says that more than 1,000 of its agents have already maxed out on their allowable earnings for 2017, thanks to President Donald Trump's frequent stays at his own resorts and his extended family's vacation and business trips.
Alles is now discussing options with Congress, including bumping the overtime cap from $160,000 per year to $187,000 at least for Trump's first term.
The Trumps travel nearly weekly in part to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast. Because of Donald Trump's constant travel ... which nearly every single weekend since becoming president he either went to Mar-a-Lago, his golf club in Virginia, or his golf club in Bedminster ... they're out of money.
Among those protected are 18 members of the Trump family, who have required security on global business trips to promote Trump properties as well as family holidays.More news: North Korea slams upcoming US-South military exercises
The president's hectic travel schedule and large family has cost the overworked agency, according to a Monday report from USA Today. "I can't change that, I have no flexibility", he said.
Donald Trump's non-stop vacations to his various golf courses have bankrupted the Secret Service, USA Today reports. He described the overtime crunch as an "ongoing issue for almost a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo".
The Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements for the remainder of the fiscal year and compensate employees for overtime within statutory pay caps. While some of the weight can be shifted to the fact that Trump has 11 more people under protection than the previous administration did, it's hard to explain away some of the more egregious spends. All the Trump children get 24/7 protection from the Secret Service. This is the latest in a series of salary problems the Secret Service has had in recent years.
According to Is Trump At Mar-a-Lago? - a website from the Center for American Progress Action Fund - the president is estimated to have cost taxpayers $32 million in trips to Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster alone.
Without an intervention from Congress, Alles warned that members of the service would not be paid for work that they had already completed. Following a number of breaches to White House grounds in 2014, a probe into the Secret Service's found that agents were asked to work an "unsustainable number of hours". Eric Trump's business travel to Uruguay cost $100,000 just for hotel rooms.