By Justin Sink - 03/11/13 03:20 PM EDT
"I think it’s so nice of Newt to suggest that," Trump said. "I don’t know anything about it, I'm hearing about it for the first time. I like Newt a lot. I didn’t hear this, but it sounds reasonable to me. Why not?”
NBC News reported last week that the canceled White House tours save the Secret Service around $74,000 a week, and would save around $2 million by the end of the fiscal year. Some 37 Secret Service officers are employed to staff the tours.
Multiple conservative commentators have offered to donate money to keep the tours going, but White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that it was likely impossible to set up a way, under the sequester, for outside individuals to fund the operation.
"My guess is that it's not," Earnest said. "And the reason for that is the sequester mandates across-the-board, non-strategic, indiscriminate cuts to the budget. It allows very little, if any, flexibility for those who are administering the budget. And it means agency heads are put in a very difficult position of choosing between two bad options."