Donald Trump is not president yet and he’s already costing taxpayers too much money. The New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism on Sunday said the costs to protect President-elect Donald Trump are “overwhelming” and blasted Congress for not taking the tab.
“We described those costs to our congressional delegation in Washington. But they failed to pass a budget again,” John Miller told John Catsimatidis in an interview that aired on AM 970 in New York, according to The Hill.
“We asked them to add $35 million to reimburse New York City for Trump’s security. They came up with a figure of $7 million, which covers a piece of the overtime but not the rest of it.”
Miller said the city was “obviously disappointed.”
“It’s not fair to New York City because … this is an unfunded federal mandate,” he said.
“To ask a city to eat that cost for about three months isn’t fair to New York and it’s not fair to New Yorkers,” he added.
“This is their tax dollars pouring into the federal government instead of the other way around after they’ve already paid the federal government.”
Miller said the city won’t know the long-term costs of protecting the president-elect until he assumes office.
“We really won’t be able to gauge the long-term costs, John, until we know: Is he coming home every weekend?” Miller said.
“Is he stopping in on week nights? Is he taking vacations here?”
Congress has not responded to calls for comments.