An emergence of threats generated by President Donald Trump's tweets add yet another challenging element to the Secret Service's protection of Trump and the first family, Politico reports.
A former agent told Politico that Trump's tweets have "generated a tidal wave of threats," and while each one should be investigated thoroughly, it's impossible to do so.
"It's an arithmetic impossibility to interview every single person who sends a threat. It's not possible," Dan Bongino, the former agent turned author, told Politico. "By necessity they have to triage what's credible and what's not and it's tough to do by just looking at a 140-character tweet."
It's another layer of burden to the Secret Service that is already spread way thin — in costs and manpower — protecting a president who presents more challenges than perhaps any other in history.
- First Lady Melania and son, Barron, are still living in New York.
- Trump makes frequent trips to his resort in Florida and announces them in advance.
- Trump's sons, Eric and Donald Jr., travel all over the world leading Trump Organization.
- Trump plans to vacation at his Bedminster, NJ, golf club this summer.
And the costs are mounting.
The Secret Service reportedly asked Congress for $60 million over its $2 billion annual budget, half of that needed just for security to Trump Tower in New York.
Add to that the well-documented foibles of the Secret Service of late and the past few years, as well as reports of low morale within the ranks — something has to give.
But it won't be the level of security.
"Each administration presents a unique set of challenges and over the decades we have evolved with those challenges. These challenges do not change the way in which the Secret Service executes our mission," Cathy Milhoan, a Secret Service spokeswoman, told Politico.
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