Taxpayers are paying up to $146,000 a day in expenses for the First Lady and son Barron to continue living in New York City.
Online petition to the First Lady:
A petition calling for Melania Trump to move to the White House or pay for her own security costs has been signed by over half a million people.
Despite Donald Trump moving to Washington DC following his inauguration in January, the First Lady is still living in Trump Tower with her son, Barron.
According to an NYPD letter sent to members of the New York delegation to Congress, the cost of protecting the First Lady and her son while they reside in Trump Tower, is between $127,000 and $146,000 a day of taxpayers’ money.
The petition reads: “The US taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City. As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded.”
The petition is being sent to the U.S. Senate because it received more than its goal of 150,000 signatures.
Extravagant lifestyle on the taxpayers’ dime:
The “extravagance” of the Trump family lifestyle was condemned by those who signed the petition.
Signatory Jodi Quesnell, from Wyoming, wrote: “If she chooses to live apart from her husband, the American taxpayer should not pick up the tab! They can afford to pay for the extravagance of living apart. The tax payers have provided a perfectly acceptable home which has met the needs of every other previous president.”
While Lyn Siegel, wrote: “Every first lady has lived in the white house. We pay enough for Trump’s golf trips.”
New York Congresswoman, Carolyn Maloney said in a statement that a “national security obligation” should not have to be paid by the city’s taxpayers, and that Congress must provide city taxpayers a full reimbursement.”
Since his inauguration 11 weeks ago, Trump has taken more than a dozen golfing breaks, which has caused backlash in recent weeks. An analysis by Politico estimates that each golfing trip costs taxpayers around $3 million.