Fahrenthold: Taxpayers paid $1.7 million to protect Trump’s four kids, three officials

Sep 21, 2021, 12:28 PM | Updated: Sep 22, 2021, 10:46 pm
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Former U.S. President Donald Trump takes the stage for a "Save America" rally at York Family Farms on August 21, 2021 in Cullman, Alabama. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

There’s quite a bit of taxpayer money that went to the Secret Service to protect not just the president, but a bunch of other people as well.

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Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold explains that when a president leaves office, the Secret Service protects him and his spouse for life.

“But if he has adult kids, if there are White House aides, once the president’s out of office, they’re on their own,” Fahrenthold said.

“[Former President Donald] Trump did something that no president had done before,” he added. “He extended six months of Secret Service protection for free to his adult children, of which there are four, and three top White House officials. He never explained why, there was no public decision, no public order. He just did it. And so what that meant was the taxpayers spent about $1.7 million over the first six months to protect a bunch of millionaires.”

These are people, Fahrenthold says, who are going on business trips, weekend vacations, ski trips, and “living a very high-style life with free taxpayer protection.”

That said, “$1.7 million, sadly, in the world of the government is not that much money,” Fahrenthold noted. “The interesting thing about this, I think, is just that it was so unexpected. So they had to send agents and spend money on people that normally are never protected, and could honestly pay for their own protection.”

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Fahrenthold: Taxpayers paid $1.7 million to protect Trump’s four kids, three officials