According to The New York Times, the incredibly high cost of protecting Donald Trump and his family is leading the Secret Service to make cost-cutting concessions in order to keep up with their protective mission.
Dozens of agents across the nation are being pulled from their criminal investigation assignments to protect Trump’s family in two-week shifts, including at the president’s Trump Tower in New York City, where first lady Melania Trump and their youngest son, Barron, are living for the time being.
Under the Trump administration, the Secret Service is facing much higher costs. They now must cover a HUGE first family including Trump’s adult children as well as their spouses and children. The Trumps’ far-flung international trips and other travel are adding to the agency’s expenses, particularly Trump’s frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort.
In addition to the president’s family, Trump has also requested top aides like Kellyanne Conway, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus receive protective detail.