According to New York Police estimates, security the keep Melania and Baron Trump in their Midtown Manhattan gilded gold residence cost taxpayers up to a whopping $146000 a year, and people are having none of it. In response, a petition on Change.org has been created, titled “Make Melania Trump Stay in the White House or Pay for the Expenses Herself,” and has already garnered some 175,000 signatures. “The petition is a response to the drain on city dollars brought on by the stunning security costs.”
As Kali Halloway for AlterNet writes
The Trump press team announced late last year that Trump’s wife and son had no plans to move to the White House, remaining in New York City “to keep disruption to a minimum.” The Times report found that the NYPD spends $50 million a year to “to protect the first lady and her son” in their Midtown apartment. That figure would shoot up another $10 million if the president were to start coming home on weekends, which he hasn’t done since entering office.
“The U.S. taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the first lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City,” the letter accompanying the petition notes. “As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded.”
The Trump presidency has cost taxpayers an unprecedented amount. The Washington Post reported earlier this month that the Secret Service has asked for an additional $60 million to be added to its budget to protect the first family in the coming fiscal year.
Stunningly, nearly half the funds, around $28.6 million will be allocated to keeping the First Lady in her private residence simply because she does not “want” to live in the White House. Trump claims to be “The people’s President”, all the while slashing benefits but using tax payer money to cater to the whims of his family and himself.
WATCH: Trump last year: If I’m POTUS I don’t think I’d see any of my golf courses again, I just want to stay in WH and “work in my ass off” pic.twitter.com/4nOtG7BavO
— Yashar (@yashar) March 27, 2017
Trump—who said during the campaign that he “would not be a president who took vacations”—has spent a staggering amount of his time in office playing golf and chillin’ at his Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Each trip costs taxpayers $3 million. Those visits are so expensive for locals that Lois Frankel, the politician who represents the district, recently asked Trump either to pay all the costs he’s incurred, or stop showing up and dining and dashing, so to speak.
“While we want the fullest protection for your visits, we hope you would be responsive to the losses of small businesses and residents of Palm Beach County,” Frankel wrote in a statement. “If compensation is not assured of being forthcoming, we respectfully ask that you curtail your visits until such time as that matter is resolved favorably to our area.”
According to the New York Times, the city of New York has only been able to recoup $7 million of its Trump-related expenditures. Back in December, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that he had sent “letters to the White House and Congress to request reimbursement for the NYPD’s role in protecting Trump Tower.”
What do you make of taxpayers footing the bill for the President to keep to residences at the request of the First Lady? Are Melania’s reasons for wanting to live separately reasonable, and are you comfortable will paying the bill of a billionaire? Will you be signing the petition to make your voice heard? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
(Article By Tasha Sharifa)