The last two weeks have proven what a majority of voting Americans knew on November 8th — Donald Trump is not fit to be the President of the United States. One reason for this is Trump's insistence that he not call the White House his permanent residence during his presidency, but will instead alternate back and forth between Manhattan's Trump Tower and his Florida Mar-A-Lago estate.
According to CNN, the cost of protecting Trump when he stays in his New York City penthouse is already set to top $1 million per day.
Much of this price results in the fact that Melania Trump and the couple's 10-year-old son, Barron expect to stay at their home in Trump Tower, at least until the end of the current school year.
If the thought of traffic on 6th Avenue isn't bad enough, New Yorkers are expected to get stuck with the majority of the tax bill. Taxes, which Trump himself has bragged about avoiding. The city has sought and received reimbursement for protecting world leaders in the past, but Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has already expressed a commitment to defend New Yorkers from Trump's anti-immigrant policies, said that the price of protecting Trump is unprecedented. "This makes [previous protection efforts] look quite small obviously." Adding, "We'll have to establish a new set of ground rules."
Many on Twitter have already spoken out against the huge price tag, while other tax-dependant programs, like city pensions, and public schools go underfunded. Only adding to the anger is Trump's own admittance that he has dodged millions of dollars of tax payments in the past.
It costs an estimated 1 million dollars a day to protect Trump's family in NY.— Quincy Johnson II (@QuincyJohnsonII) November 22, 2016
That's 1.4 billion over 4 years
So glad he refused the salary
What could $365 million a year do for New York City schools? https://t.co/vKg9NnL9nI— K. Thor Jensen (@kthorjensen) November 22, 2016
New York City is spending 1 million dollars a DAY to protect Trump and his family. How many homeless children in NY City didn't eat today?— Mr. Reynolds (@melreynoldsU) November 22, 2016
So Trump doesn't want to move into the White House & It costs $1 million per day to protect the Trump family in NYC. 👋🏽 our tax dollars 🚽— IG danielthomasnyc (@Deshasuxx) November 22, 2016
For many Americans, the high price tag of protecting Trump while he stays in New York is just one more reason why he is not the right person to call the White House home, even if it's for only a few nights a week.
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