Rss@dailykos.com (jen Hayden) · Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 4:06 pm
No money for Meals on Wheels, no money for health care, endless money for the lifestyles of the rich and infamous:
The U.S. Secret Service requested $60 million in additional funding for the next year, offering the most precise estimate yet of the escalating costs for travel and protection resulting from the unusually complicated lifestyle of the Trump family, according to internal agency documents reviewed by The Washington Post.
Nearly half of the additional money, $26.8 million, would pay to protect President Trump’s family and private home in New York’s Trump Tower, the documents show, while $33 million would be spent on travel costs incurred by “the president, vice president and other visiting heads of state.”
Additional funding was already rejected once in the short time Trump has been in office:
A person familiar with internal Secret Service budget discussions said the requests for additional funding, prepared in late February, were rejected by the Office of Management and Budget, an arm of the White House. That means the agency will likely have to divert other spending to handle the additional burden. While best known for protecting the president, Secret Service agents also investigate cybercrimes, counterfeit-money operations and cases involving missing and exploited minors.
As reported last weekend, while Donald made his fifth trip to his private Mar-A-Lago club in Florida, the rest of the family jetted into Aspen for a ski weekend, with an estimated 100 Secret Service agents in tow.