As President Donald Trump heads back to Palm Beach this week for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, says Palm Beach County taxpayers need relief from mounting security costs.
Deutch appeared Sunday on CBS Miami’s Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede. He signed a recent letter by Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, asking Trump to help get the federal government to reimburse costs for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other local agencies who assist the Secret Service when the president is in town.
Frankel said county taxpayers could incur $280,000 in new costs during Trump’s upcoming four-day stay at Mar-a-Lago.
“When he comes it costs a lot of money and it costs Palm Beach County a lot of money to provide additional security…I don’t think the taxpayers of Palm Beach County should be forced to shoulder 100 percent of the burden of having the president come down here to play golf,” Deutch said.
“If he’s going to come down on a regular basis we have to make sure it’s secure but we also have to make sure that the costs to provide that security aren’t borne entirely by the people of South Florida,” Deutch said.