$60M ex­tra for Trump

More funds are sought to pro­tect the leader’s home and travel.

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD - By Drew Harwell and Amy Bri­tain

wash­ing­ton» 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.”

The doc­u­ments, part of the Se­cret Ser­vice’s re­quest for the fis­cal 2018 bud­get, re­flect the costly sur­prise fac­ing Se­cret Ser­vice agents tasked with guard­ing the pres­i­dent’s large and far-flung fam­ily, ac­com­mo­dat­ing their am­bi­tious travel sched­ules and for­ti­fy­ing the three-floor Man­hat­tan pent­house where first lady Me­la­nia Trump and her son, Bar­ron, live.

Trump has spent most of his week­ends since in­au­gu­ra­tion at his Mar-a-Lago re­sort in Florida, and his sons have trav­eled the world to pro­mote Trump prop­er­ties with Se­cret Ser­vice agents in tow.

The doc­u­ments re­viewed by The Post did not show how the new bud­get re­quests com­pare to the fund­ing needs for past pres­i­dents, and such fig­ures are not public in­for­ma­tion. The Se­cret Ser­vice and Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, which over­sees the pro­tec­tive agency, de­clined to pro­vide cost break­downs and have said in the past that such fig­ures are con­fi­den­tial, cit­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns.

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.

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