UPDATE: Secret Service Director Speaks on Agency's Ability To Keep Trump Protected

In this June 20, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. Otto Warmbier’s death after returning from North Korean imprisonment is stoking outrage in Washington and threatening to overshadow high-level U.S.-Chinese talks on June 21. President Donald Trump has been counting on China to use its economic leverage over Kim Jong Un’s totalitarian government. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

To revisit a story that broke this morning, regarding the Secret Service and concerns over the ability to keep agents paid, due to the very costly venture of defending President Trump and his family, there’s an update.


In the latest:

“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,” agency director Randolph “Tex” Alles said in a statement.

The current fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

So one month.

Alles will ask Congress to allow the agency to go over the pay caps, in order to accommodate agents, and assure they’re paid. Something that was necessary during 2016, as well.

“To remedy this ongoing and serious problem, the agency has worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the administration, and the Congress over the past several months to find a legislative solution,” Alles said.

Alles went on to point out that it wasn’t solely a problem with Trump’s protection detail, but that it had been an ongoing issue for nearly a decade, due to “an overall increase in operational tempo.”


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