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.
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.”