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As The Trumps Travel, The Secret Service Can’t Even Afford To Pay Some Agents

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It’s no secret that President Donald Trump’s penchant for weekend getaways
has created added costs for the Secret Service. But the agency is in
such dire straits that more than 1,000 agents have hit the caps for
annual salary and overtime allowances, director Randolph “Tex″ Alles
told USA Today in an exclusive interview.
Part
of the challenge for the Secret Service is the size of the Trump
entourage. A total of 42 people receive Secret Service protection
(including 18 family members), Alles said, up from 31 people during
President Barack Obama’s administration.
And
Secret Service protection details are required to accompany them, even
on vacations to places like Aspen, Colorado, Germany and Hungary, or
business trips that took Trump’s two adult sons to Vancouver, Canada,
and Dubai.
“The
president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in
law,″ Alles told USA Today. “I can’t change that. I have no
flexibility.”
Because of major attrition among agents, many are working overtime regularly or have been pulled off other assignments to serve the Trump family, The New York Times reported in April.
Alles
told USA Today he’s talking with lawmakers on approving a raise in the
combined salary and overtime cap for agents ― to $187,000 a year from
$160,000 ― to cover at least Trump’s first term. Without such
legislation, at least 1,100 agents wouldn’t be eligible for overtime for
the rest of this year, Alles said.
The
timing could not be worse, USA Today notes. The United Nations General
Assembly, taking place next month, will bring almost 150 foreign heads
of state to New York City. The Secret Service manages security for the
event.
“Normally, we are not this tapped out,″ Alles said.
In
a statement Alles issued Monday after the USA Today article appeared,
he said the Secret Service “has the funding it needs to meet all current
mission requirements” and pay overtime through the Sept. 30 end of the
federal fiscal year. But he added that the agency estimates that
“roughly 1,100 employees will work overtime hours in excess of statutory
pay caps during calendar year 2017.”
Appointed
to his post in April by Trump, Alles insisted that “the issue is not
one that can be attributed to the current administration’s requirements,
but rather has been an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an
overall increase in operational tempo.”
Alles
told USA Today he has raised the financial concerns with White House
officials. “They understand,” he said. “They accommodate to the degree
they can and to the degree that it can be controlled. They have been
supportive the whole time.″
Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that a lease dispute forced the agency to move its Trump Tower command post into a trailer on the sidewalk.
“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,” a Trump Organization spokesperson confirmed to
HuffPost.
Trump
has traveled to his Mar-A-Lago club in Florida or to golf clubs he owns
in Bedminster, New Jersey, and Sterling, Virginia, on most of the
weekends he’s been in office. In the first three months of the year, the Secret Service spent $35,000 on golf cart rentals at Mar-A-Lago, CBS News reported.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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