RantCrush Top 5: August 21, 2017
Welcome to RantCrush Top 5, where we take you through today’s top five controversial stories in the world of law and policy. Who’s ranting and raving right now? Check it out below:
The Secret Service is reportedly running out of funds to pay agents protecting the Trumps, due to the president’s frequent traveling and large family. According to Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles, over 1,000 agents have already reached the caps for salary and overtime allowances that were supposed to last for the rest of the year. President Trump is traveling almost every weekend, and his adult children who are traveling the world for business and pleasure also need security details. “The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles said. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) August 21, 2017
According to Alles, the number of people that the Secret Service needs to cover during the Trump presidency is unprecedented. Discussions are underway with lawmakers to raise the salary and overtime caps. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have expressed concerns about the funding situation and have vowed to support the agency. In the meantime, a lot of people are upset that taxpayer money is used to cover Trump’s golf trips and the Trump children’s business trips overseas.
Imagine the Fox News freak out if President Obama had bankrupted the secret service due to golf outings.
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) August 21, 2017