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Trump’s New Border Patrol Leader Compared the President to Dennis the Menace

znypzbwhahywqpgplg6yBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s new head of the Border Patrol, Ronald Vietello, attacked the Republican last year on Twitter.

The March 2016 tweet shows a photo of Donald Trump and an illustration of Dennis the Menace, Gizmodo reports.  The tweet compares Trump to the obnoxious cartoon child.

The tweet reads, “This I can tell you! 100%.”

Trump has shown that he has no tolerance for Twitter users attacking him. What’s unclear is whether Trump even knows about the Tweet.

ATF Mulls Sending Agents to Chicago on Permanent Basis to Fight Crime

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is considering sending agents to Chicago on permanent assignments to help curtain the deadly crime surge.

The agency is beginning to develop a strategy to help Chicago, said David Coulson, an ATF senior agent in the Chicago field office, the USA Today reports. 

“ATF is exploring various options as we are committed to furthering law enforcement efforts in Chicago,” Coulson said. “One of those options is to send additional agents to Chicago on permanent transfers.” No plans have been finalized yet.

The comments follow Trump’s pledge to bring in federal assistance to help Chicago attack surge in violent crimes.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded that he welcomes the ATF, DEA and FBI, but he said Trump has not talked to him personally about more federal resources.

Eric Trump Billed Taxpayers Nearly $88,000+ for Secret Service Hotel Rooms

Eric Trump

Eric Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, used $97,830 in taxes to put Secret Service and embassy staffers in hotel rooms while on a business trip to Uruguay.

Eric Trump was visiting the South American country to bolster the Trump Organization before the president’s Jan. 2o inauguration, the Washington Post reports.

The cost to taxpayers has raised serious questions about the president’s pledge to keep his businesses separate from his presidency.

The Secret Service’s hotel bills totaled $88,320.

The Post reported:

The Uruguayan trip shows how the government is unavoidably entangled with the Trump company as a result of the president’s refusal to divest his ownership stake. In this case, government agencies are forced to pay to support business operations that ultimately help to enrich the president himself. Though the Trumps have pledged a division of business and government, they will nevertheless depend on the publicly funded protection granted to the first family as they travel the globe promoting their brand.

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Marijuana Advocates Worried Trump Administration Will Crack Down on Legal Pot

Photo by Steve Neavling.

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Marijuana advocates are bracing for what could be a harsh crackdown on pot in states where it’s legal for recreational and medicinal use.

The biggest concern is Trump’s choice for attorney general, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who 10 months ago in a Senate hearing room said “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

Eight states have legalized recreational use of marijuana.

Under Obama’s administration, the federal policy was to let states set their own laws.

“There are people in this administration who will crush this industry if they see the opportunity,” Steve DeAngelo, a guru among pot entrepreneurs, told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t think people who don’t have firsthand experience with the irrationality of federal intervention understand what a threat we are facing.”  

Border Patrol Agents Say Trump Has Boosted Morale

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Among the biggest supporters of Donald Trump during the presidential election were Border Patrol agents because of the Republicans pledges to crack down on illegal immigration.

Agents have long complained that the border is too porous and doesn’t have enough federal protection.

Now agents are hoping President Trump will change that.

“When Trump was elected, there was an increase in optimism among the agents, but nothing like what we’ve seen in the past few days,” Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Fox News

Trump has already pledged to hire 5,000 more federal agents, build a wall and suspend “catch and release.”

Agents said morale had plummeted under President Obama, but hopes are now high.

12,000+ Tweets about Assassinating Trump Create Challenge for Secret Service

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Since Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day, more than 12,000 people have tweeted “assassinate Trump,” causing a headache for the Secret Service.

Some of the tweets are jokes or hyperbolic, but some are serious, Mashable reports. 

But it’s unclear how serious the Secret Service is taking the tweets.

There are reports of agents arriving at the homes of social media users, including a Kentucky woman who tweeted, “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump.” 

An Ohio man was charged with making threats to Trump following several tweets about killing the Republican on election night. 

“It’s the people who have a true and genuine intent to do harm that the Secret Service is worried about,” said former U.S. Secret Service special agent Tim Franklin, who is now a criminology and criminal justice professor.

President Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze Could Hurt TSA

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump has pledged to make airports and planes safer, but his federal hiring freeze could impact TSA’s ability to adequately staff airport security lines.

“It’s our understanding that there is a hiring freeze for TSA and other departments inside of Homeland Security,” J. David Cox, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), said at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Thursday, The Hill reports. 

Trump signed an order last week freezing the hiring of federal employees, except for military personnel.

“I think some type of correspondence should go out to the administration in terms of maybe looking at that freeze in this area,” said Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.) “Making sure that the traveling public is safe should not be something that’s curtailed. I really think that’s something that needs to be addressed.”

Cox said the TSA has lots a lot of security officers.

The TSA still has “5,000 less transportation security officers today than… several years ago,” Cox said. “So we have less people doing more screening. That 5,000 that’s been lost needs to be returned.”