RantCrush Top 5: August 21, 2017

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The Secret Service is Running Out of Money Because of Trump’s Frequent Traveling

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.”

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.

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.

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