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The Secret Service had to pay thousands for portable toilets at Trump's New Jersey golf club

Trump has already stretched Secret Service resources quite thin and this new revelation doesn't help things


Matthew Rozsa
August 25, 2017 4:54PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump forced the Secret Service to spend $7,100 on portable toilets while they protected him during his vacation.

During the president's 18-day "working vacation" at his Bedminister, N.J. golf club, the Secret Service needed to spend $7,100 on portable restrooms, according to a report by USA Today. The story first came out after a purchase order was flagged by the progressive PAC American Bridge.

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Apparently the Secret Service had to sign a contract with Imperial Restrooms to provide their agents with trailers so they could relieve themselves. While this expenditure may seem bad enough, it is made worse when you consider that the Secret Service also had to spend $13,500 on golf cart rentals for the same August trip.

According to USA Today, the Secret Service is legally required to pay for resources like portable toilets because they are prohibited from accepting funding or other resources that were not specifically appropriated by Congress.

The report about the portable toilet expenses come at the end of a bad week for Trump when it comes to his reputation with the Secret Service. Earlier this week, USA Today reported that the Trump family's excessive demands on the Secret Service had caused over 1,000 agents to reach their federal salary and overtime caps. While Congress has proposed raising the salary-plus-overtime cap from $160,000 annually to $187,000 annually, Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles still predicts that more than 130 agents will remain inadequately compensated for hundreds of hours of work because of Trump.

Remember when Trump criticized Obama for taking too many vacations?


Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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