The President and the family members of the President are entitled to protection from the US Secret Service. The Trump family’s businesses and lifestyles obviously complicate this issue, but they are, nevertheless, still entitled to this protection. But they don’t have to flaunt it.
The Washington Post reports that the Secret Service has requested $60 million in additional funding to cover Trump protection. $26.8 million would go to protecting Trump’s family and his home in Trump Tower and $33 million would be spent on travel costs incurred by “the president, vice president and other visiting heads of state.” The article states that the funds request was rejected by the White House Office of Management and Budget, indicating that the USSS will need to pull funds from its other duties, which in include investigating cybercrime, counterfeiting and cases involving exploited minors.
The USSS’s budget request reflects the fact that the Trump’s may be fiscally conservative, but when it comes to spending taxpayer money to support their own lifestyles they are quite liberal with that.
Donald Trump has been to his Mar-a-Lago resort five times since his inauguration. This costs the taxpayers and Secret Service money, but it also makes a financial hit on the local businesses of the area, who are affected by the security measures. The Little Trumps (Junior, Eric and Ivanka) are taking a spring break ski trip to Aspen, Colorado accompanied by around 100 Secret Service agents, who had to spend over $12,000 on ski equipment rentals.
Okay, fine. People needs breaks, they need time off. But come on, have some consideration. For a family that has only know privilege and never known sacrifice it’s not too much to ask for them to rein it in. One would hope that a family as wealthy as the Trump’s would reimburse the government, but considering that Trump hasn’t shown any signs that he has donated his salary despite pledges to do so, I don’t see that happening.
It’s unavoidable that Secret Service protection for the Trump family is going to cost more than for other presidential families, but the least they could do is chip in for gas.