US taxpayers are paying millions of dollars per week to keep Melania Trump and her son safe inside their New York City penthouse. A Change.org petition is hoping to end that wasteful spending.
The signature list has already climbed to more than 220,000, as US voters demand her removal from New York or a shift to payments being made directly by the Trump family.
The petition, titled, “Make Melania Trump stay in the White House or pay for the expenses herself” was delivered to Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren after it reached its initial goal of 150,000.
“The US taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City,” the petition states. “As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded.”
It was revealed last month that protection for the Trump’s New York home reached $24 million in the first two months of Donald Trump’s presidency.
The NYPD has stated that it costs between $127,000 and $146,000 a day “to protect the First Lady and her son while they reside in Trump Tower.” When the President is in New York City that cost rises to $308,000 per day.
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