Palm Beach County law enforcement to get $3.4 million for President Trump’s security costs
Palm Beach County law enforcement agencies will receive slightly over $3.4 million in federal funds to aid with the additional costs of protecting President Donald Trump on his visits to Mar-a-Lago.
The vast majority, $3.3 million, of the funds will go to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, since the authorities have taken the lead along with the Secret Service in securing Trump’s Palm Beach estate.
The remaining monies will go to the Palm Beach Police Department, $71,270, while the West Palm Beach Police Department will get $63,163. The Broward Sheriff’s Office will receive $54,916.
Earlier this year, the same protection agencies received a total of $1 million to aid with the costs of protecting Trump when he visited as president-elect.
Mayor Melissa McKinlay was highly complimentary of federal lawmakers for setting aside the money for Palm Beach County.
“I feel like Christmas just came early for the county taxpayers,” she said.
Meanwhile, the New York City Police Department, which helps guard Trump Tower, is getting a whopping $36 million, the largest grant in the nation.
Law agencies in New Jersey — which houses a Trump golf club where the POTUS spent weekends this summer — will receive just under $950 thousand.
President Trump is expected to spend time during the holidays at Mar-a-Lago. The visit would be his 10th trip to Palm Beach, FL since taking office.
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a warning to pilots regarding flight restrictions associated with presidential visits starting Friday and continuing through January 1.