The cost of providing extra security for Betsy DeVos could reach almost 20 million by end of 2019.

By | 2018-11-16T09:29:44+00:00 November 17th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |17 Comments

This is much worse than what Scott Pruitt was costing taxpayers. 

Courtesy of NBC News

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos began receiving around-the-clock security from the U.S. Marshals Service days after being confirmed, an armed detail provided to no other cabinet member that could cost U.S. taxpayers $19.8 million through September of 2019, according to new figures provided by the Marshals Service to NBC News.

While it remains unclear who specifically made the request, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions granted the protection on February 13, 2017, a few days after DeVos was heckled and blocked by a handful of protesters from entering the Jefferson Academy, a public middle school in Washington. DeVos was confirmed as education secretary on February 7 of that year.

“The order was issued after the Department of Education contacted administration officials regarding threats received by the Secretary of Education,” the Justice Department said in a statement. “The U.S.M.S. was identified to assist in this area based on its expertise and long experience providing executive protection.”

The cost of security provided to DeVos was $5.3 million in fiscal year 2017 and $6.8 million for fiscal year 2018, according to the Marshals Service — an amount that is ultimately reimbursed by the Education Department. The estimated cost for fiscal year 2019 is $7.74 million.

That far exceeds the $3.5 million spent on security for former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who resigned in July amid questions about lavish spending habits during his 17-month tenure at the agency. An EPA inspector general report, released Sept. 4, found the price tag for Pruitt’s security detail was “not justified” and far exceeded the security costs incurred under past EPA heads.

I would like to point out that the incident which freaked Devos out so much that she demanded this extra security was a peaceful protest outside of a school she was visiting, where she was heckled and some difficulty getting past the protesters to her waiting armored vehicle.

DeVos was NOT harmed nor threatened with harm during that incident and there is no evidence provided of any additional threats. 

It seems fairly clear that DeVos is another Right Wing snowflake who simply cannot deal with people calling her out over her obnoxious policy decisions, and is charging the taxpayers a ridiculous amount of money to keep her safe from the imaginary threats that her paranoid brain sees all around her. 

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17 Comments

  1. Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Time to take away DeVoses security and supply her with a spanking new bible. Oh and a few thoughts and prayers for her safety

  2. Beaglemom November 17, 2018 at 7:03 am

    I don’t think that the American people should have to pay for Betsy DeVos’ imagined fears. If she wants a bodyguard she can well afford her own – one of her brother’s mercenaries would do. Conservatives always assume that everyone out there will come after them. It’s just not true. Many of us don’t agree with what she’s doing to public education in this country. Those of us in Michigan know what a mess she and others with her mindset have done to education here. But she’s not going to suffer bodily harm from us. Frankly, if she’s so unhappy she should resign. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone with a background in education in charge? Not likely, I know, in this administration. Maybe Trump can find another fossil fuel lobbyist to do the job. There seem to be a lot of them out there.

    • Eye Roll Troll November 17, 2018 at 7:40 am

      It boggles the mind, but in my 61 years I never got the “I’m soooo cool, I just blow myself away” mindset.

    • Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Hopefully the Democrats will add trump’s corrupt cabinet and family onto the list of things that need to be investigated.Just think if they invested the $20million into education ( we have no money) instead of security for these clowns ( we have lots of money).

      She is probable going to need security after her idea that the perpetrator can interrogate the victim of sexual assault on campuses gets passed. Lots of protesters to “scare” her.

  3. Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Trump wants to give Nancy Pelosi Republican votes.

    Sounds like a bribe to me not to investigate him and his spawn. Just another Obstruction of Justice violation and another impeachable offense.

    • Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      He is playing mind games, he is scared to death of Nancy Pelosi and hopes if he endorses her, the Democrats will be stupid enough not to choose her because of the trump curse.

  4. Bro Ho November 17, 2018 at 7:57 am

    “In 2016 Prince supported Republican candidate Donald Trump for President of the United States. Prince had no formal role in Trump’s transition. In December 2016 Prince visited the transition team offices in New York City. In April 2017 as part of a broader investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a January 11, 2017 meeting in the Seychelles at which Prince presented himself as Trump’s unofficial representative. In August 2016, Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with envoy representing the crown princes of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and Mohammad bin Salman – who offered help to the Trump presidential campaign.
    The meeting included Prince and Joel Zamel, an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Prince

    https://thinkprogress.org/education-department-releases-rules-allowing-higher-standard-of-proof-in-campus-sexual-assault-0e25c7821bec/

  5. Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 9:31 am

    wonder what the trump admin is going to tally up to be 2020? they seem to think highly of themselves and want the best. its like they dont know that hardworking people are supporting their expenses. melania spent 74 thou in a day on her trip. they must be tapping into a surplus. it is mind boggling. those damned republican gods.

    • Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Oh they know, all right. Sheeple….all the way to the bank.

    • Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      All I know it is going to be a waste of an obscene amount of money.. that is what happens when trump hires all the sewer dwellers.. they go all first class when spending other peoples money.

  6. Anon November 17, 2018 at 10:46 am

    FYI “John Weaver, a political strategist for former president George H.W. Bush and a presidential campaign adviser to the late John McCain, now works for Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich — and he didn’t mince words when it came to Kemp.”

    This hack @BrianKempGA is the next “governor*” of Georgia. But he cheated & undermined democracy every step of the way. @staceyabrams should be governor, but isn’t due to actions that can’t be tolerated. She has a bright future. We need a new, enforceable Voting Rights Act. Now!

    2,632
    7:30 AM – Nov 17, 2018

    • Beaglemom November 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      That’s good to hear from a Republican! I hope he means it and will work to improving his political party’s relationship with the Constitution and with the whole American population.

  7. Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 11:11 am

    The Democrats need to look at melanomia’s expenses while they are at it. We must be paying for her clothes, how do you spend $174,000 for a day in Toronto? Medical care… is she getting plastic surgery in Canada at taxpayers expense?

    I also heard that donnie jr spent $100,000 of our money to go on a business trip to India.

    =====================================================
    Melania Trump’s Hotel Charges Were $174,000 For A Day Trip To Toronto: Records
    The first lady’s spokeswoman implied some of the money went to an advance team. But there were separate, additional charges for the team.

    First lady Melania Trump’s hotel bills for a day trip to Toronto last year added up to an astonishing $174,000, according to federal expense documents reported by Quartz. She did not spend the night.

    The startling expenditures dwarfed the $95,000 cost of Trump’s stop at the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, where she stayed for less than half a day at the end of her tour of Africa last month.

    Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham implied in an email to Quartz that the first lady’s “advance team” was responsible for some of the costs. The team ensures “safety measures, medical care, communications, motorcade needs and logistics are all in place,” she wrote. They’re all “legally required for official travel,” she added.

    But federal expense documents reported separate, additional costs for the advance team that added up to $18,000, according to Quartz.

    The hotels are not identified in the expenses. They’re listed simply as “hotel rooms” under a heading of “miscellaneous foreign awardees” in the federal expense documents. There are six hotel charges ranging from nearly $12,000 to nearly $49,000, but the documents don’t offer details. (Other charges were for $16,000, $19,000, $35,000 and $43,000.)

    The first lady was in Toronto to help kick off the Invictus Games, which Britain’s Prince Harry started in 2014 for disabled vet athletes.

    A pool press report covering the Sept. 23 trip referred to stops that day at the Sheraton, the Ritz Carlton, a return to the Sheraton, and a get-together in the evening with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to watch the opening ceremony of the games at the Air Canada Center.

    The first lady’s hotel stops included a 20-minute meeting with Prince Harry (at the Sheraton), and a reception later with 100 competing U.S. athletes, also at the Sheraton, where she gave a short speech, according to the pool report.

    Trump’s visits began just after noon and she returned just after midnight to Andrews Air Force Base.

    President Donald Trump was spending the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey.

    Grisham was infuriated by news reports about the bill from Melania Trump’s Cairo visit earlier this month, slamming “irresponsible” journalism after some initial reports said the first lady had spent the night. Grisham noted that Trump had, in fact, only spent some six hours in the hotel.

    The first lady’s trip to Toronto also incurred $21,000 in transportation costs, Quartz reported.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/melania-trump-toronto-trip-spending_us_5bef52a4e4b0f32bd589a8d2

  8. JE$U$ November 17, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    https://www.salon.com/2018/11/17/how-did-sam-bees-full-frontal-find-its-brilliant-voice-by-amplifying-the-unheard/

    “evidence-based comedy,” “We are primarily interested in what’s happening to children, what’s happening to people of color, what’s happening to LGBT people, what’s happening to the people who have the least and have the least opportunity to get more, and how can we be a voice for them?”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/11/arkansas-gop-rep-gets-brutally-roasted-claiming-poor-choice/

    “Blessed is he who blames the poor for their poverty.”

    https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/bud-kennedy/article221829720.html

    “Dave Welch, wrote in a Friday commentary that Young is right — secular Democrats are a “godless party” that embraces legal abortion and “moral anarchy.”

    Another pastor who leads prayer services in the Texas Capitol, Bob Long of prophecy-driven Rally Call Ministries, wrote before the election that he had a vision of a demonic attack on the election by “supernatural evil.”

    http://www.uspastorcouncil.org/church-resources/pastors-corner.html/article/2018/11/16/the-new-godless-democrat-party-

    “Mt. Carmel”

  9. FUCK OFF DEVOS November 17, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Jesus Christ the replies here are so longwinded.

    CUT TO THE CHASE:
    BETSY DEVOS IS A FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT.

  10. Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    How much did the former Secretary of Educaion cost in protection? How about the five previous Sec. of Ed?

    If there is one thing the Trump administration is good at it is squandering tax payer money and pissing people off. Their talent to provoke violence and then fake innocence in the midst of their paranoia knows no bounds.

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