Morale at the Secret Service has dropped to an all-time low and has become the least desirable government agency to work for, a new survey of federal government organizations reports. According to the New York Times, that’s because protecting the entire Trump family (and members of Trump’s administration) has completely worn its members down.
Between the president’s trips to and from Mar-a-Lago and the first lady’s full-time residence in New York, dozens of agents have been pulled off criminal cases from across the country to serve the Trump family in two-week stints. Not only are they understaffed to protect those they’re required to by law (partially because vice president and Dr. Joe Biden and Malia Obama still have regular protection, which will end as of this summer), but at Trump’s request, Secret Service detail has been provided for his four adult children, as well as administration members Reince Priebus, H.R. McMaster, and Kellyanne Conway.
“They are flat-out worn out,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz told the Times. Many of the agents were reportedly hoping for a break after a particularly strenuous election year, but instead have been bogged down by overtime work because of Trump’s (and his family’s) constant traveling.
Though Vice President Mike Pence hasn’t traveled nearly as much as Trump has during their 11 weeks in office, his protection is reportedly strained as well. Per CNN, a Secret Service agent on his detail was arrested and subsequently suspended Wednesday night after allegedly soliciting a prostitute at a D.C. hotel.
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