Protecting Trump Family Comes With Additional $60 Million Price Tag - US Secret Service
The Secret Service added $60 million to its 2018 budget request to cover the escalating costs for protection and travel for US President Donald Trump and his family, according to internal documents.
Nearly half of the funding request – $26.8 million – would be allocated to protect President Trump’s family and private home in Trump Tower in New York City, the documents show, which were obtained by the Washington Post.
First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron live in the residence in a three-floor penthouse apartment. That portion of the funding request is needed for “resident security operations at the president’s private residence in Trump Tower,” with roughly $12.5 million earmarked to cover “personnel related costs in New York,” according to the documents.
The Washington Post calculated that some of the public funding for Trump Tower security could benefit the Trump Organization, with the necessity of the Department of Defense and Secret Service renting space in Trump Tower for command centers, agents’ room and board, and communications expenses. Details on how much space and at what cost are not available.
Protecting the president in Trump Tower has already created a budget gap in New York City, where the police department estimated in February that costs for protecting the first lady and her son were $127,000 to $146,000 a day, which rises to $308,000 per day when the president joins them, according to the New York Times. Those costs could total $50 million a year in NYPD expenses alone.
The remaining $33 million, on top of the agency’s $734 million request, would be spent on travel costs incurred by “the president, vice president and other visiting heads of state.”
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