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Presidential Candidates Cost Taxpayers More Than $200M for Secret Service Protection

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The cost to taxpayers to provide Secret Service protection to presidential candidates has skyrocketed this year.

The Secret Service has already spent more than $200 million to protect the candidates, CNBC reports. 

By contrast, the Secret Service spent $113 million for presidential candidate protection in 2012 and about $85 million in 2008.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire because he took Secret Service agents with hi overseas to celebrate the opening of a golf course this week.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also has caught criticism for continuing to use Secret Service agents even after his campaign appears to be over.

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Secret Service to Investigate Agent Who Threw Photographer to Ground During Trump Rally

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating one of its agents after he threw a Time photographer to the ground by his neck.

The Washington Post reports that the incident “raised questions about the role of the Secret Service on the campaign trail.”

Still, government officials defended the Secret Service, saying agents only become involved if someone threatens the candidate.

“We don’t care if people are standing and yelling at a candidate, or saying they want peace in the Middle East, but if they say they’re going to kill the candidate, then it’s going to get pretty bad,’’ said one official familiar with Secret Service procedures, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the events at Monday’s rally remain under investigation.

Trump has had Secret Service protection since early November, a common services for presidential candidates.

Time requested an investigation over “the level and nature of the agent’s response.”

Homeland Security Director Urges Republican Presidential Candidates to Tone Down Rhetoric

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frustrated with the fear-mongering rhetoric of Republican candidates for president, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said it’s time for more “responsible dialogue,” the Washington Post reports. 

“All of us in public office, those who aspire to public office and who command a microphone owe the public calm, responsible dialogue and decision-making,” Johnson said at a conference hosted by Latino lawmakers. “Not overheated, over simplistic rhetoric and proposals of superficial appeal. In a democracy, the former leads to smart and sustainable policy. The latter can lead to fear, hate, suspicion, prejudice and government overreach. These words are especially true in matters of homeland security and they are especially true in matters of immigration policy.”

Johnson said illegal border entries continue to fall, despite public opinion that it’s on the rise.

The rhetoric, Johnson said, is causing unnecessary fear and calls for extraordinary measures.

“Building a wall across the entire Southwest border is not the answer,” Johnson said.