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Politics Trump's children and former staffers to get Secret Service protection at taxpayers' expense: report

22:26  21 january  2021
22:26  21 january  2021 Source:   salon.com

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As one of Donald Trump's final abuses of the office of the presidency, he extended Secret Service Protection beyond himself and his wife Melania –– as is guaranteed in the Former Presidents Act –– to 14 additional family members and former administration staffers, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Congress originally voted in 1994 to cap security protections for former Presidents at ten years. President Obama, however, reversed his vote in 2012 under the assumption the Secret Service would be used responsibly. Of course, Trump has done just the opposite.

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One of former President Donald Trump ' s last acts in office was issuing a directive extending free Secret Taxpayers paid millions of dollars for Secret Service agents to accompany them on those jaunts. Children ’s rights groups in South Korea have condemned comments by President Moon

But Trump wanted every family member who had been protected by the Secret Service during his administration to be covered for six additional months The 24-hour protection will focus on Trump ’ s grown children , although his grandchildren will receive protection that derives from being in

Those protected by Trump's 11th-hour directive will include his youngest son Barron (until he's sixteen), Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and members of their own families. Trump also saw to it that many of his former staff receive the same protections, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and former National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien. Vice President Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, are also included.

This 6-month, 24-hour security detail is expected to cost American taxpayers millions of dollars. Although the Secret Service does not typically divulge the cost of their operations, it's believed to be in the tens of millions of dollars annually.

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Under Mr Trump ’ s directive, the Secret Service security detail will continue for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and their three children , who are also set to relocate to Florida with him. Donald Trump Jr and his five children , as well as the outgoing president’s daughter Tiffany Trump

It's not unusual for outgoing Presidents to request Secret Service details for their families before leaving office. Former President Bush, Obama, and Clinton all asked that a temporary security detail be assigned to their families. However, the full extent of the Trump family's security sets a record. After all, many of Trump's children are well into adulthood and could pay for their own private detail.

The directive is one of the Trump family's latest abuses of the Secret Service.

Earlier this month, for example, it was revealed that Trump's daughter Ivanka and his son-in law Jared Kushner did not permit the Secret Service agents guarding their 6.5-bathroom estate in D.C. to use the bathrooms inside, instead requiring that the agents use a porta-potty outside. The agents were also instructed to use a garage bathroom at former president Barack Obama's house, and later, a guard station bathroom one mile away, just outside of Vice President Pence's house.

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The Secret Service won't release its travel expenses , but the hotel tab in Uruguay alone was estimated at nearly 0,000, according to the Washington Post. Despite the cost, the Trump family is doing nothing unusual by accepting Secret Service protection at home and while traveling abroad.

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Trump's last-minute security directive also fits squarely into the family's misuse of taxpayer money. According to The Post, Trump's adult children went on nearly 4,500 trips for both business and vacation on account of the Trump Organization. All of these trips required that the Secret Service travel alongside them.

"The cost of protecting the president and members of the extended first family, who have traveled extensively for business and vacations," reported The Post, "has strained the Secret Service, local governments and at least one other federal agency, the Coast Guard."

The Trump childrens' rarified excursions were estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money. It is not outside the realm of possibility that, for the next six months –– yes, even in a pandemic –– the Trump family will squeeze out of taxpayers tens of millions more.

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