President Trump has drawn mounting criticism in recent weeks for the combined cost of protecting himself and his immediate family. Critics have argued the taxpayer should not be bankrolling the cost of secret service protection.
The former first daughter, who is the only child of Hillary and Bill Clinton, weighed in on the furore and argued the President’s family’s security and safety should never be politicised.
Ms Clinton said: “It makes me very sad to read this and to know that anyone would ever say this. The President's family's protection should not be politicised.”
She was responding to a tweet by US journalist Yashar Ali which said: “Some say Trump kids shouldn’t have Secret Service. Do you not care about national security crisis that would arise if one of them was kidnapped or hurt?”
Ms Clinton also defended the youngest of the Trump Children, Barron who is just 11 years old, after he was subject to a torrent of memes mocking his facial expressions and accusing him of looking bored on inauguration day.
The controversial orders Donald Trump has already issued
The controversial orders Donald Trump has already issued
1/9 Trump and the media
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes questions during the daily press briefing
2/9 Trump and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Union leaders applaud US President Donald Trump for signing an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington DC. Mr Trump issued a presidential memorandum in January announcing that the US would withdraw from the trade deal
3/9 Trump and the Mexico wall
A US Border Patrol vehicle sits waiting for illegal immigrants at a fence opening near the US-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. The number of incoming immigrants has surged ahead of the upcoming Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, who has pledged to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. A signature campaign promise, Mr Trump outlined his intention to build a border wall on the US-Mexico border days after taking office
4/9 Trump and abortion
US President Donald Trump signs an executive order as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus looks on in the Oval Office of the White House. Mr Trump reinstated a ban on American financial aide being granted to non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counseling, provide abortion referrals, or advocate for abortion access outside of the United States
5/9 Trump and the Dakota Access pipeline
Opponents of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines hold a rally as they protest US President Donald Trump's executive orders advancing their construction, at Columbus Circle in New York. US President Donald Trump signed executive orders reviving the construction of two controversial oil pipelines, but said the projects would be subject to renegotiation
6/9 Trump and 'Obamacare'
Nancy Pelosi who is the minority leader of the House of Representatives speaks beside House Democrats at an event to protect the Affordable Care Act in Los Angeles, California. US President Donald Trump's effort to make good on his campaign promise to repeal and replace the healthcare law failed when Republicans failed to get enough votes. Mr Trump has promised to revisit the matter
7/9 Donald Trump and 'sanctuary cities'
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January threatening to pull funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" if they do not comply with federal immigration law
8/9 Trump and the travel ban
US President Donald Trump has attempted twice to restrict travel into the United States from several predominantly Muslim countries. The first attempt, in February, was met with swift opposition from protesters who flocked to airports around the country. That travel ban was later blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The second ban was blocked by a federal judge a day before it was scheduled to be implemented in mid-March
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9/9 Trump and climate change
US President Donald Trump sought to dismantle several of his predecessor's actions on climate change in March. His order instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate the Clean Power Plan, which would cap power plant emissions
Mr Trump has come under fire for the exorbitant cost of protecting members of his close family – including his adult children, Donald Jr, Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany, and Barron, who lives in a three-floor penthouse in Trump Tower in New York with his mother and First Lady Melania Trump.
It costs between $127,000 and $146,000 a day of taxpayers’ money “to protect the First Lady and her son while they reside in Trump Tower,” according to an NYPD letter sent to members of the New York delegation to Congress.
Mr Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, has also sparked outrage for the cost of her secret service costs. Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, their children and the President’s other son Eric reportedly required 100 Secret Service agents to travel with the group for their recent spring break skiing holiday in Colorado. The US Secret Service is reported to have spent $12,208 on rental ski equipment and clothing at the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.
Critics have frequently raised alarm bells about why the taxpayer is picking up the bill for the complicated lifestyle of the Trump family. “Why are Trump's grown children getting taxpayer-funded limousines while doing business overseas? Why do they get Secret Service protection?” asked one person on Twitter.
On top of this, the US Secret Service are reported to have requested $60 million in additional funding for next year.
Nearly half of the additional money, $26.8 million, would pay to protect Mr Trump’s family and private home in New York’s Trump Tower, documents seen by Washington Post show, while $33 million would be spent on travel costs incurred by “the president, vice president and other visiting heads of state.”Reuse content