WASHINGTON – The men and women trained to sacrifice their own lives to protect Donald Trump’s have now missed a half month’s pay, thanks to the partial government shutdown the president bullied and blundered his way into over a border wall he had originally promised Mexico would pay for.
Trump, who claims a net worth of billions of dollars and used to pay his private security guard nearly $300,000 a year, does not appear to have taken any action to help Secret Service agents with mortgage, rent or day-to-day living expenses.
Like hundreds of thousands of other federal workers, the 7,000 employees of the Secret Service, including the protective details for Trump and his family as well as uniformed agents who guard the White House, were scheduled to be paid on Friday. It would have been the first paycheck of the new year, and the first after the holiday gift-giving season.
“These are the people who are closest to him and clearly put their lives on the line for him every single day,” said Rick Tyler, a Republican political consultant who worked on the campaign of rival GOP candidate Ted Cruz in the 2016 GOP primaries. “He has demonstrated no empathy for them over this situation.”
The White House did not respond to HuffPost’s queries about whether Trump has offered to help members of his protective detail or the uniformed officers guarding the building who might be facing financial problems. Lending money directly could run afoul of federal ethics law, but donating to charities that are helping furloughed employees would likely be legal.
The United States Secret Service also did not respond to HuffPost’s queries about what guidance it is giving its agents who cannot meet their financial obligations because of the shutdown.
These are the people who are closest to him and clearly put their lives on the line for him every single day. He has demonstrated no empathy for them over this situation. Rick Tyler, Republican political consultant