The Trump family revels in thinking of themselves as America's first royal family. The costs for American taxpayers associated with building Trump hotels and new businesses around the globe by the Trump children, coupled with President Trump's desire to play golf at his resorts the majority of weekends, have broken America's Secret Service budget. Even when the Trump children fly away on their endless vacations, we taxpayers must foot the bill of agents skiing down the slopes behind them, having rented their own equipment at top-dollar resorts.
It's not fake news to say that without congressional intervention, the Secret Service is not even able to pay agents for the work they've already done.
Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles, 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.
"The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,'' Alles said. "I can't change that. I have no flexibility.''
An avid golfer who hates Camp David and has called the White House a dump, Trump always to get out of town and stay at his own properties. He has taken seven trips to his Mar-a-Lago, Fla. social and golf club, traveled to his Bedminster, N.J., golf club five times and returned to Trump Tower in Manhattan once just last week.
Trump's frequent visits to his "winter White House" and "summer White House" -- as he prefers to call his business properties -- are especially challenging for the Secret Service, which must maintain a regular security infrastructure at each – without disturbing the access of the clubs' paying members and guests.