Trump Remains Unaccountable for Escalating Private Security Expenses


Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy will step down from his position as Director of the Secret Service this coming Sat., March 4th.  With all the time spent on the golf course,it seems Donald Trump hasn’t found time to hire a replacement.

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It might be more difficult than Trump realizes.  Women might be worried that they would become subjected to harassing situations, including agents masturbating at their desks.  Men who are members of a racial minority might not want the job in light of the years of discrimination that became the subject of a 16 year legal battle.  There might also be concern over whether the agents would get paid.  The Service paid 24 Million Dollars to settle the discrimination suit.  Moreover, the Secret Service has already charged the American taxpayers $11.3 Million dollars for the first month of protection for Trump.  To put that sum in perspective, the cost of protecting President Obama for a year averaged 12.1 million dollars.  At that rate the cost of protecting President Trump for 2017 will be $135.6 Million dollars, roughly $123.5 million dollars more than the previous year’s cost while Obama was President.  This budget nightmare is especially problematic because the 2017 yearly budget for the Secret Service was only increased by $42.2 million dollars.

To make matters worse, the Secret Service Agency currently polls as the worst place to work in the federal government.

After Trump’s election, and before his inauguration, people familiar with Trump’s plans announced that Trump planned to keep some of his private security team as part of his Presidential protective personnel.  Security officials warned that employing private security personnel heightens risks for the president-elect and his team, as well as for protesters, dozens of whom have alleged racial profiling, undue force or aggression at the hands of Trump’s security, with at least 10 joining a trio of lawsuits now pending against Trump, his campaign or its security.

“It’s playing with fire,” said Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service agent who worked on President Barack Obama’s protective detail during his 2012 reelection campaign. Having a private security team working events with Secret Service “increases the Service’s liability, it creates greater confusion and it creates greater risk,” Wackrow said.

“You never want to commingle a police function with a private security function,” he said, adding, “If you talk to the guys on the detail and the guys who are running the rallies, that’s been a little bit difficult because it’s so abnormal.”

 

 Politico asked Trump’s transition team who was paying for the private security force that seems to be unauthorized by anyone and accountable to nobody.  The Trump transition avoided the question and an email by Salon has gone unanswered.

 

 

It seems we may never get an answer now that Politico has been banned from White House Press briefings.

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6 thoughts on “Trump Remains Unaccountable for Escalating Private Security Expenses

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  1. “Co-mingling” will become a key word in the Drumpf White House, not just in the area of his security detail. He is dedicated to co-mingling — like living in the Trump Tower while renting space to the Secret Service, like having Conway bleat about Ivanka’s clothing line, like meeting foreign leaders inside his FL resort, like influencing foreign leaders to stay in his D.C. hotel. And so it goes: #45 constantly in search of ways to milk the presidency for his personal gain.

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  2. Yeah where is that T party national debt clock we watched since 09? Notice the Trump Bags are not complaining about his OUTRAGEOUS spending and lying.

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  3. Sounds like Trump is contracting out security. Makes you wonder what his cut is in the way of kickbacks. Even more outrageous is sticking us for a half a billion over four years for his weekends off and his wife’s penthouse.

    This is truly a first. We need new legislation to require the President and his wife live in the White House and limit the “vacations” to annual leave time accumulated based on years of Federal service. This weekend and penthouse stuff has to stop. This guy makes George Bush look like a workaholic.

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    1. aj,
      it’s hard to imagine having to put the President of the US on a schedule where we require him to limit vacation time, and requireat least 8 hours a day.

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