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Tag: Secret Service

Golf Cart Rentals Cost Secret Service Nearly $60,000 Because of Trump’s Vacations

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s habit of taking vacations is costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

The latest expense is $13,500 that the Secret Service spent on golf car rentals ahead of the president’s “working vacation” in Bedminister, N.J., the USA Today reports

In addition, the Secret Service paid more than $35,000 on golf cart rental when Trump was visiting Mar-a-Lago.

That means taxpayers spent nearly $60,000 on golf cart rentals. “Trump’s vacations are costing Americans bigly — from the thousands of dollars the Secret Service is spending on golf carts to trail Trump on the course this week to the millions of taxpayer dollars already spent on his constant vacationing,” Brad Bainum of American Bridge said. “If all Trump wants to do is play golf and watch TV, he should do us all a favor and retire.”

Secret Service Vacates Trump Tower, Moves to the Sidewalk

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service has abandoned its command post inside Trump Tower  and relocated to a trailer on a sidewalk outside the New York skyscraper because of a dispute over the terms of the lease.

The relocation, first reported by The Washington Post, follows failed negotiations between the GSA and the Trump organization over the price and other conditions of the lease. 

The sidewalk command post likely won’t change anytime soon.

“After much consideration, it was mutually determined that it would be more cost effective and logistically practical for the Secret Service to lease space elsewhere,” Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller wrote in an email to The Washington Post.

Still, the Secret Service hopes to regain space in Trump Tower.

The agency is working “to obtain permanent work space in an appropriate location,” said Catherine Milhoan, a Secret Service spokeswoman.

Milhoan added, “Throughout this process, there has been no impact to the security plan developed by the Secret Service.”

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Secret Service to Test Drone to Protect Trump at His Golf Course

drone-1142182_960_720By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the Secret Service looks for new ways to protect President Trump while he is vacationing at his New Jersey golf club, the agency will test a security drone.

Reuters reports that the Secret Service plans to test a small tethered unmanned aircraft system this month while the president is visiting the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. 

The testing comes as the president is expected to spend an extended period at the golf course this month.

While the Secret Service declined to discuss specifics of the drone, the agency said the idea was to determine the vehicle’s potential for protecting the president.

Secret Service Employee Stole Authentic Money While Examining Counterfeit Cash

Pocketing Some CashBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service technician whose job was to determine whether suspicious currency was counterfeit pocketed some of the cash that was authentic.

Shaun Qureshi, a 34-year-old Maryland resident who began working in the Secret Service’s Washington field office in 2009 as a”counterfeit technician,” pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of illegal conversion of property, the Washington Post reports

Authorities said Qureshi sole between $20 and $200 nearly every day for 22 months, accumulating at least $8,000 between January 2013 to October 2014.

Qureshi eventually got caught after inadvertently pilfering counterfeit $100s and trying to deposit the fake money into his account.

Qureshi faces sentencing in October.

Secret Service Fires Back at Trump Lawyer’s Claim about Russia Meeting

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

The Secret Service called out one of President Trump’s lawyers for suggesting Sunday that the agency should have stopped Russians from meeting last year with Donald Trump Jr.

“I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in,” attorney Jay Sekulow said on ABC News’ “This Week” of the meeting Trump’s eldest son had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign. “The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me.”

The Secret Service fired back in a statement to ABC News.

“Donald Trump Jr. was not under Secret Service protection in June 2016,” according to the statement. “Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time.”

Although the president had Secret Service protection, the agency is not responsible for vetting people who meet with members of the campaign staff.

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Secret Service Investigating Lawmaker over ‘Aggressively Sarcastic’ Anti-Trump Facebook Post

Maine Rep. Scott Hamann

Maine Rep. Scott Hamann

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating a state lawmaker in Maine after causing alarm over a Facebook post about President Trump.

Rep. Scott Hamann called Trump a “half-term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet.”

The Democrat later said he regretted the social media post, describing his comments as “aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate.”

A Secret Service spokesman confirmed the investigation to Fox News.

“The Secret Service is aware of the comments in question and are investigating the matter.

“Allegations of any threat, inappropriate interest or unusual behavior directed towards a Secret Service protectee receives the highest priority of all our investigations.”

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Secret Service Stops Bulletproof-Clad Man with Knives Trying to Confront Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump, via Twitter

Ivanka Trump, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Bronx man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying two throwing knives tried getting into Trump Tower in New York to see President Trump’s daughter Ivamkqa Trump on Thursday.

But Adames Benitez, 52, was quickly stopped by Secret Service after agents spotted the bulletproof vest around 4 p.m., the New York Daily News reports. 

The suspect told Secret Service agents he was a U.S. senator who owned the building and wanted to speak to Ivanka about her dress line.

A search uncovered two throwing knives, weighted socks and a fake New York State I.D. card.

Prosecutors charged the man with weapons possession and having a fake ID and was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the man was an imminent threat to Ivanka.

President Trump Congratulates Secret Service on its 152nd anniversary

Photo via Secret Service.

Photo via Secret Service.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump congratulated the Secret Service on its 152nd anniversary.

Here is the president’s statement:

My family and I send our congratulations to the dedicated professionals of the United States Secret Service as it proudly celebrates its 152nd anniversary.

The Secret Service, most renowned for ensuring the personal protection of our Nation’s top officials and their families, began protecting the President in 1901, following President McKinley’s assassination. Every day, the elite Federal law enforcement officials of the Secret Service willingly put their lives on the line to ensure the security of the President, the Vice President, our former Presidents, the heads of visiting foreign governments, and many others.

As President of the United States, I am honored to recognize the men and women of the Secret Service for their hard work and dedication. Melania and I are especially thankful for those who selflessly stand by our side to safeguard our family every day.  We are privileged to benefit from the unfailing professionalism and skill of these extraordinary men and women.

Together, we send our very best wishes for success to Director Randolph “Tex” Alles and we pray for the continued safety of the entire United States Secret Service family.

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