Taxpayers paid more than $24 million for DeVos' security detail over the last 4 years: report
A new report detailing the staggering cost taxpayers are paying for U.S. Department of Education Betsy DeVos' security detail is drawing criticism from the American public.
Over the past four years, DeVos' security detail has cost taxpayers more than $24 million, according to Politico. An additional $3 million is expected to be spent on DeVos' security from now through the month of February, a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) revealed to the publication on Tuesday.
"No other cabinet secretaries during the Trump administration has or had this agreement with the USMS," the spokesperson wrote in an email.
In fact, the last four secretaries for the Department of Education did not have security agreements with USMS because a smaller scale of security was provided through the education department, itself.
Education Department spokesperson Angela Morabito released a statement in response to the criticism DeVos is facing as she argued that the cost is a necessity.
"Year after year, the press reports on the cost of the Secretary's security detail," Morabito said in a statement. "What goes unreported are the threats to the Secretary's safety, which necessitate the security detail in the first place. The people who make the threats are at fault here, not the person receiving them."