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  •  The Secret Service is feeling the strain as it provides protection for the globe-trotting Trump family at taxpayer expense
  • Protection provided for Trump Tower in New York
  • $10 million estimated for three weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago
  • Eric Trump's trip to Uruguay reportedly cost taxpayers $100,000 
  • Weekend Dubai excursion will also hit taxpayers with costs
  • 'It’s a logistical nightmare' 

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 10:29 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 13:05 EST, 17 February 2017

The U.S. Secret Service is feeling the strain – and taxpayer costs are already mounting – over the burden of protecting President Donald Trump's family as they jet between various residences and far-flung locales. 

President Trump's weekend getaways at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach require Secret Service agents to travel, do advance work and provide protection – while other assets patrol waterways to ensure the safety of the president.

His three visits there alone during his young presidency likely cost the government $10 million.

Meanwhile, first lady Melania Trump remains in New York – also getting government protection. Costs of protecting the building could reach $183 million per year, the Washington Post reported in a story adding up the costs.  

THIS COULD ADD UP: The Secret Service is feeling the strain as it protects President Trump and his family members as they travel the country and the world THIS COULD ADD UP: The Secret Service is feeling the strain as it protects President Trump and his family members as they travel the country and the world

THIS COULD ADD UP: The Secret Service is feeling the strain as it protects President Trump and his family members as they travel the country and the world

The paper earlier reported that Eric Trump's trip to Uruguay to visit a Trump Organization condo property cost taxpayers $100,000 for security and embassy costs associated with the trip.

The assignments appear to be straining the agency charged with protecting Trump and his close family members. All the while, the agency must keep a close watch on the White House, after years worth of embarrassing and high-profile security missteps.

Trump's three trips to Mar-a-Lago could cost $10 million in security costs Trump's three trips to Mar-a-Lago could cost $10 million in security costs

Trump's three trips to Mar-a-Lago could cost $10 million in security costs

First lady Melania Trump says goodbye to Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She came to Washington from New York for the event First lady Melania Trump says goodbye to Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She came to Washington from New York for the event

First lady Melania Trump says goodbye to Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She came to Washington from New York for the event

The Defense Department is considering renting space in Trump Tower The Defense Department is considering renting space in Trump Tower

The Defense Department is considering renting space in Trump Tower

President Donald Trump as he reaches out to shake hands with Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy during the reception for law enforcement officers and first responders in the Blue Room of the White House. Clancy has announced he is retiring President Donald Trump as he reaches out to shake hands with Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy during the reception for law enforcement officers and first responders in the Blue Room of the White House. Clancy has announced he is retiring

President Donald Trump as he reaches out to shake hands with Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy during the reception for law enforcement officers and first responders in the Blue Room of the White House. Clancy has announced he is retiring

GOOD VIEW: Members of the U.S. Secret Service's counter assault team watch from a rooftop before the arrival of President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 10 GOOD VIEW: Members of the U.S. Secret Service's counter assault team watch from a rooftop before the arrival of President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 10

GOOD VIEW: Members of the U.S. Secret Service's counter assault team watch from a rooftop before the arrival of President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 10

'There was an anticipation of how stressful it was going to be on the agency, but the harsh reality is that the stress is just overwhelming,” Jonathan Wackrow, a former member of President Obama's detail and a 14-year Secret Service employee told the paper. 

He called protecting the sprawling Trump family a 'monumental' task.

“It’s a logistical nightmare,” Wackrow said, warning that agents are “at severe risk of burnout, and the very last thing you want is to have your agents burned out.”

One presidential getaway Trump has yet to visit is Camp David. The tranquil retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains overs quaint cottages and the chance to get out of Washington. But it is not equipped to the luxury standards Trump has become accustomed to as a real estate mogul. 

The retreat is already fortified, and can be reached via a short helicopter ride after taking off from the secured South Lawn of the White House.

The military is looking to rent space in Trump Tower to meet security requirements, CNN reported this month.  The floors available to be rented would cost $1.5 million a year – with the funds presumably going to bolster the bottom line of the Trump Organization.

President Trump says he put the company in a trust under the direction of Eric Trump and Don Jr. and a company executive.

Judicial Watch estimated that the travel costs of protecting President Obama and his family reached $96 million over eight years.

Mar-a-Lago recently doubled its membership fee, to $200,000. Members got to mingle with Trump during his recent visits there.

The president stopped by the wedding of a former contributor, and dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outdoors while surrounded by other guests. 

Politico concluded that a single trip to Mar-a-Lago could cost $3 million, based on a government report of an Obama trip to West Palm Beach.  

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