President Trump, his large family and their combined traveling has cost the secret service record amounts already, reports Kevin Johnson of CNBC. Trips to Mar-a-Lago and other properties have been particularly costly because of their frequency and the complexity in ensuring absolute safety. The president has visited them almost every weekend since his inauguration. total of $60,000 has been spent on renting golf carts alone by the secret service. Based in New York, Trump’s children have traveled frequently, requiring agents to accompany them. The secret service has already hit many budget and salary caps because of this.
The secret service’s budget troubles have been a problem since before Trump became president, infers Dan Bongino of Conservative Review. In fact, the agency has a personnel of up to 6,800 who all happen to be imbued with intelligence work all over the country. The secret service doesn't just protect the president, and this is where the additional costs arise. If its sole focus were Trump, its budget would largely suffice. What is needed is either a bigger budget to cover all these needs, or a redistribution of tasks among federal intelligence agencies so that the secret service may focus on protecting Trump.