Thanks to Donald Trump and his adult children's nonstop vacationing the Secret Service can no longer afford to pay the hundreds of agents needed to carry out an expanded protective mission next month when 150 foreign heads of state converge on New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.
The shortage of funds stems from the inordinate amount of money needed to secure Trump who has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia. In addition the agents must protect his adult children as well who jet across the world on "business" trips and vacations.
FACT CHECK: As of the posting of this story Trump has spent one out of every three days of his term at one of his Trump branded properties.
Secret Service Director Randolph Alles, whom Trump appointed to his post back in April, said more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year!
The agency has faced a perpetual workload since the height of the election season and the first seven months of Trump's administration.
Alles said the service is grappling with an unprecedented number of White House protectees...
"The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law. I can't change that. I have no flexibility.''
Under Trump, 42 people require Secret Service protection, a number that includes 18 members of his family as opposed to 31 during President Obama's administration.
The shortage in financial records has become so dire that the director has started negotiations with lawmakers to raise the combined salary and overtime cap for agents, from $160,000 per year to $187,000 for the duration of Trump's first term. Without congressional intervention to provide additional funding, Alles will not even be able to pay agents for the work they have already done.
But even if this drastic measure was approved, 130 veteran agents would still not be fully compensated for hundreds of hours the agents had already racked up chauffeuring Trump from the White House to his private golf clubs and hotels.
After it was revealed in 2014 that that agents and uniform officers working an unsustainable number of hours 800 agents and uniformed officers were hired to bolster the ranks. Yet even with these additional added agents Trump and his clan have worked the Secret Service into the ground with their constant jet-setting.
Officials had hoped that the agency's workload would normalize after the inauguration, but the president's frequent weekend trips, his family's business travel and the higher number of protectees has made that impossible.