Tired of the insane waste of money their city has been forced to incur by the Trump administration, New Yorkers are demanding that First Lady Melania Trump move in with President Donald Trump in the White House, or pay for her own security.
The city has been footing a daily bill from $127,000 to $146,000 so the first lady can continue living in her $100 million Trump Towers penthouse. And The cost surges to more than $300,000 to secure the 58-story building each day the president visits his family, according to New York Police Commissioner James O’Neil, AOL News reported.
In an effort to reduce the costly taxpayer expense of protecting the first family as they live in separate states, over 128,000 people had signed a Change.org petition by Tuesday morning demanding Melania to move to the White House or pay for her own security
“The U.S. taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the first lady in Trump Tower,” a statement accompanying the online petition Tuesday said. “As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded.”
Meanwhile, each of the president’s trips to the “Winter White House,” Trump’s luxury, members-only Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida, reportedly costs the public nearly $3 million. The total bill for those trips has topped $15 million just two months into his tenure in Washington, D.C.
The cost of protecting the first family also naturally increased to cover Trump’s five children and wife, compared to former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama and their two children, all of whom lived in the White House throughout the entirety of his presidency.
Four of Trump’s adult children live separately from the president and first lady. It remained unclear whether the first lady would heed the call of her New York neighbors to pack up and move to the White House.