[Ed. – The guy originally interviewed for the USA Today hit piece has confirmed that the money issue is NOT Trump’s travel, or the size of his family. Dan Bongino, a former USSS agent and Fox news contributor, had an even more illuminating post yesterday outlining how mission expansion has been overburdening the Secret Service for more than a decade now.]
“The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump’s family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast,” said the explosive lead.
The “scoop” came from Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles, who in an interview with USA Today 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.” …
But it turns out the whole story was plain old fake news.
Alles, in clarification to USA Today‘s breathless report, later said funding for roughly 1,100 agents working overtime in 2017 is not an issue “that can be attributed to the current Administration’s protection requirements alone, but rather has been an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo.”