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Rep. Frankel Announces FEMA Reimbursements for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Visits

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Washington, August 17, 2017 | comments

West Palm Beach – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the Presidential Residence Protection Assistance Grant, which will award reimbursements to state and local law enforcement for overtime costs of protecting President Trump since his inauguration while he is at his non-governmental residences, including Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

“More relief is on the way for local law enforcement agencies that have provided protection for the President. The FEMA grant announced today allows the Palm Beach County Sherriff and other law enforcement agencies that provided protection to apply for money to cover their costs.”

A previous grant from the Department of Justice (DOJ) covered law enforcement overtime costs incurred between Trump’s election until his inauguration. Law enforcement have submitted applications for this funding and are awaiting DOJ’s decision.

From inauguration to present, President Trump visited Mar-a-Lago seven separate times or 25 days. Palm Beach County Sheriff and Fire Department have spent over $2.5 million just in overtime costs, not including additional costs of barricades, fencing, and other necessary expenses. Law enforcement agencies can apply directly to FEMA or through the Florida Department of Emergency Management and funds may be distributed as early as September 30th.

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