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.