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Secret Service Faces Serious Challenges to Meet Demands of Trump Family

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service has been forced to make cost-cutting concessions because of the increasing demands and rising costs of protecting the new first family.

The strain of the demands has resulted in the Secret Service pulling dozens of agents from criminal investigations to serve two-week stints to protect members of the Trump family, the New York Times reports. 

One of the extra burdens is protecting the first lady and youngest son in Manhattan’s Trump Tower. The family’s travel habits also have required agents to work more overtime hours and spend more time away from home. In addition, the Secret Service is protecting Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

“They are flat-out worn out,” said Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“It’s like being on a bike that you never get off of,” said the committee’s top-ranking Democratic member, Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland.

FBI Wiretapped Trump Tower over Russian Crime Organization Working out of Building

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI acknowledged it wiretapped Trump Tower, but it was not because of the president or his political campaign.

The FBI had court approval to monitor a Russian crime organization operating on the tower’s 63rd floor.

Prosecutors described the mafia members as an “international money-laundering, sports gambling and extortion ring,” ABC News reported.

One 0f the ring’s leaders, Vadim Trincher, is accused of laundering ten of millions of dollars from the Soviet Union through Cyprus and into the U.S.

As a result of the FBI investigation, a grand jury indicted more than 30 people in April 2013.

What’s unclear is whether Trump met any of the mafia members.

Trump’s Gaudy Lifestyle Is Draining Resources of Secret Service

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump has refused to give up many of his creature comforts, and that has exhausted the budget of the Secret Service.

Now the agency is asking for an additional $60 million in funding for next year to keep up with Trump’s gaudy lifestyle, Vanity Fair reports.

The problem is that Trump visits his Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, every weekend. Secret Service also has to protect the Trump Tower because First Lady Melania Trump has so far refused to move into the White House. Now Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is using an office in the West Wing and is expected to soon receive security clearance.

Secret Service projects it will need $26.8 million in additional funds to protect the First Family and the Trump Tower.

Vanity Fair wrote:

President Trump is 70 years old—the oldest president to be sworn in for a first term. He has five children, two of whom have eight children between them. Eric Trump announced earlier this week that he and his wife, Lara, are having a baby boy in September, bringing the total count of Trumps to 19. The Secret Service asked for six additional full-time-equivalent positions for the Trump detail, the Post reports.

The remainder of the proposed budget additional funding—$33 million—would go toward travel costs. It is no secret that the president is fond of taking trips to Mar-a-Lago. The Trump children have also jetted to Dubai, Vancouver, and Aspen since he took office, for both business and pleasure. All of these trips require advance and detail, and thus, come out of the agency budget.

They also require a great deal of money from local police protection. Between Election Day and Inauguration Day, the Post reports that New York police spent about $24 million to secure Trump Tower, and on any given day, the city spends between $127,000 and $145,000 to protect the First Lady and First Son in Manhattan while President Trump is in Washington—which has been most weekdays and a handful of weekends, as well.

Palm Beach County, too, has had to foot the bill when the president comes to town. The sheriff’s office has said it has spent $1.5 million so far in overtime pay for on-duty officers securing the private club and taking care of traffic in the surrounding area. The cost is so overwhelming that officials are considering raising taxes or possibly charging Mar-a-Lago a fee in order to cover the costs without impacting residents.

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Trump Sticks to His Unfounded Surveillance Claims Despite FBI, NSA Remarks

FBI Director James Comey, via Wikipedia

FBI Director James Comey, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump and the White House are sticking to their unfounded claims that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election, despite zero evidence from the FBI and NSA.

On Monday, FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers both told the House Intelligence Committee that they’ve seen no evidence to back up Trump’s claims, which were first made in a March 4 tweet.

“There’s a lot more questions that need to be asked about what was being done in terms of surveillance,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing today. “Who was being surveilled? Why were they being surveilled? What were the techniques? I get that you guys want to know the end of the book right now, but we’re in the first chapter of this process.”

Hours earlier, Comey said, “The department has no information that supports those tweets.”

Trump continues to show little faith in the country’s intelligence agencies, repeating unfounded claims.

“I’ve seen nothing on the NSA side that we’ve engaged in such activity nor that anyone ever asked us to engage in such activity,” the NSA director said.

Secret Service Uses Military Aircraft to Conduct Surveillance for Trump in Manhattan

Trump Tower in New York City, via Wikipedia.

Trump Tower in New York City, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump has put the Secret Service in a difficult position by insisting he often will be working at Trump Tower instead of the White House.

To prepare for the worst, three military aircraft were conducting surveillance and plotting escape routes in midtown Manhattan last week, the International Business Times reports. 

The drill lasted about 40 minutes and involved HC-130 search and rescue plane and two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters. 

Residents and some city officials expressed frustration with the drill because there was no notification of the drill.

Secret Service Wants NYPD to Deploy 150 Officers a Day to Trump Tower

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service wants the NYPD to deploy 150 police officers a day to checkpoints outside the Trump Tower to protect the president-elect.

Law enforcement officials complained to New York Post that the deployment would divert resources from other parts of the city. 

The officers would be stationed outside the building where pedestrians are required to have their bags searched.

“They want the NYPD to handle all those checkpoints,” the source said. “They want 150 cops assigned every day.”

There are currently 84 officers outside the Trump Tower.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said the demand at Trump Tower could hurt other parts of the city.

“It does have an impact,” O’Neill said. “We’re taking resources from around the city.”

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.

Secret Service May Rent Floor at Trump Tower to Protect the Trump Family

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President elect-Donald Trump and his family want to spend time at Trump Tower in New York, and that’s going to cost taxpayers some money, not to mention added inconvenience.

The US Secret Service is considering renting one floor in Trump Tower and turning it into a 24-7 command center to protect the family, CNN reports.

CNN reports that renting a floor could run about $1.5 million a year.

It’s been reported that Trump’s wife Melania  wants to stay in New York so their son, Barron, can continue attending his private school.