The Insane Price Tag of Letting Donald and Melania Trump Live In His Gold-Plated Tower

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 11: 60 MINUTES Correspondent  Lesley Stahl interviews President-elect Donald J. Trump and his family shown here from left: Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Donald Trump, Eric Trump, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump at his Manhattan home Friday afternoon (November 11, 2016).  The sit-down was his first post-election interview for television and will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Nov. 13 (7;00-8:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television  Network. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

The Insane Price Tag of Letting Donald and Melania Trump Live In His Gold-Plated Tower

And New Yorkers' tax dollars are going to pay for it.

Published November 22, 2016

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.

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.

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: CBS via Getty Images)


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