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Ways President Trump Could Stop Draining the Secret Service

secret-servic-via-secret-serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump, whose frequent vacations and large family have drained the Secret Service budget, could take simple steps to relieve the burden on those hired to protect him.

The USA Today spoke with former Secret Service officials and ethics experts to list ways Trump could save the agency money. 

Among the ideas is spending more time at the White House.

“That would help solve the problem,” said John Magaw, a former Secret Service director.

Since taking office, Trump has travel a total of a dozen times to both his estate in Mar-a-Largo, Fla., and his Bedminister, N.J., golf club.

Another solution would be declining his children protection.

“I don’t see any way for the government to avoid these security expenditures, unless the family declines the protection services,” said Scott Amey, chief counsel at the nonpartisan Project on Government Oversight. “The Secret Service, like all federal agencies, has a budget and it must operate within the limitations of that budget.” 

Some of Trump’s children frequently travel to promote Trump-branded properties around the world, and they’re using the Secret Service for protection.

Trump Exchanges Android for New Secret Service-Approved Phone

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday exchanged his Android device for an unidentified locked-down phone.

Included is a new phone number, which only a small group of people will know, the Associated Press reports. 

Because of hacking concerns, Barack Obama became the first president to use a phone approved by security agencies.

Expect Trump to use his new phone to tweet on his existing Twitter account. He said he does not plan to use the @POTUS account.

The Secret Service wouldn’t comment for this story.

Gazette: Trump Should Nominate Mitt Romney for Secretary of State

Romney at CPAC 2011. Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

By Editorial Board
Colorado Springs Gazette

After witnessing a dinner meeting with Mitt Romney this week, the country waits anxiously to learn whether President-elect Donald Trump will nominate him for secretary of state.

This week, Trump also met with former Gen. David Petraeus, whom he praised afterward, floating his name for the same position. It is no surprise Trump was impressed with Petraeus’ knowledge of foreign affairs, given Petraeus’ experience as top Army general and commander and as director of the CIA.

Trump will have to make his own decision, but we urge him to pick Romney.

The former Massachusetts governor met with The Gazette’s editorial board when he sought the presidency in 2012 as the GOP nominee. He impressed us with a deep command of foreign policy.

Romney’s selection would be a magnanimous act of reconciliation and would deepen the sense that the president-elect is big enough to welcome a wide range of views and doesn’t harbor grudges.

To read more click here. 

Secret Service Investigated Ohio Man Who Wrote ‘Kill Trump’ on Facebook

1129-sub-trump-threat-facebook-7By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service agents investigated a man who appeared to threaten the life of President-elect Donald Trump.

Law enforcement officials confirmed to TMZ that the Secret Service and deputies in Greene County, Ohio, met Monday with a man who posted, “kill Trump” on Facebook.

Agents asked the man if he was serious, and he responded, “Not unless he starts going door-to-door rounding up people like he says.”

The Secret Service determined he was not a serious threat.

Trump Stands to Profit Off Secret Service Lease at Trump Tower in NYC

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump stands to gain financially by having the Secret Service protect him and his family at Trump Tower in New York City.

The Secret Service is reportedly negotiating with his business to lease at least two floors of Trump Tower at a cost of about $3 million, the New York Post reports. 

If the deal works out as planned, the Secret Service would rent two floors to “run a 24/7 command post” and provide space for more than 250 Secret Service agents and New York Police Department officers.

Trump has come under criticism for trying to profit off his position as soon-to-be president.

FBI Director Comey’s Job Hangs in Balance As Trump Team Struggles with Appointments

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey has come under fire from Democrats and Republicans for his handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation.

But his chances of keeping his job likely increased after Donald Trump’s victory, Bloomberg reports.

“The way the e-mail investigation played out, he’s got both Republicans and Democrats mad at him and suspicious of his motives,” said Stewart Baker, a former general counsel at the National Security Agency.

Former and current national security officials said Comey will have a chance to talk one-on-one with Trump in an effort to continue serving his 10-year term.

And luckily for Comey, Trump’s transition team is struggling to make key cabinet and security post appointments.

On Sunday, Trump said he hasn’t decided on Comey’s fate yet.

“I would like to talk to him before I’d answer a question like that,” Trump said. “He may have had very good reasons for doing what he did.”

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Trump Advisers Mulling Whether to Call for FBI Director Comey’s Resignation

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey has indicated he wants to serve the rest of his 10-year term, but President-elect Donald Trump may have other ideas.

NPR reports that advisers to Trump are mulling whether to retain Comey, who played a central role in the investigation of Hillary Clinton.

Although Comey has nearly seven years left in his term, Trump and his advisers may pressure the director to leave.

Before the Clinton investigation, Comey earned a reputation as non-partisan.

“If Trump chooses [to] replace Comey with a sycophantic yes-man, or if he permits Comey to resign over law or principle, that will be a clear bellwether to both the national security and civil libertarian communities that things are going terribly wrong,” national security scholars Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes wrote on their Lawfare blog.

Trump Says He Hasn’t Decided Whether to Ask FBI Director Comey to Resign

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump said he has not decided yet whether he’ll ask for FBI Director James Comey’s resignation.

“I think that I would rather not comment on that yet,” Trump said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday. “I haven’t made up my mind. I respect him a lot. I respect the FBI a lot. … There’s been a lot of leaking, there’s no question about that. But I would certainly like to talk to him.”

Trump also said he was unsure whether he will pursue his campaign pledge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Clinton “did some bad things,” Trump said, adding he’s “going to think about” whether to pursue charges against her.

“I don’t want to hurt them,” President-elect Trump said of the Clintons. “They’re good people. I don’t want to hurt them. And I will give you a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do ’60 Minutes’ together.”