Melania Trump isn’t wanted in New York, at least by some residents! A petition created at Change.org has nearly 105,000 signatures from New Yorkers who refuse to have their tax dollars pay the $1 million per day protection cost it would require for Melania to remain in Manhattan after her husband moves out of Trump Tower. She’s not moving to the White House in Washington, D.C. until at least after June. Donald and Melania Trump’s 10-year-old son, Barron, won’t finish his current year of school until late spring 2017.
Soon after the announcement came that Melania and Barron would remain in New York City following the inauguration, it was also disclosed that security for them would be very expensive. Secret Service agents and several NYPD officers will be assigned to Melania and Barron Trump during their stay in New York. Their every move will involve heavy protection and will disrupt local activity and snarl traffic.
According to the Change.Org petition, it asks New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to refuse to pay for Donald Trump’s wife to stay in New York after he becomes president. Residents signing the petition are letting it be known they don’t want their tax money paying for Melania’s protection after Donald moves out of Trump Tower.
NEW Yorkers have signed a petition demanding that Melania Trump move to DC in January after the inauguration https://t.co/vPPcJq8wLl
— punchumgum (@punchumgum) December 3, 2016
“The New York taxpayers refuse to pay over $1 million a day so she can stay,” reads the petition. “If this decision has been made, between the two of them they should be the ones to pay for it. Not New York taxpayer dollars that could be used on roads, schools, transit, sanitation, new jobs and other expenses that the city has.”
One of the supporters of the Melania Trump petition writes that if the new first lady “declined the honor of living in the White House,” then it’s a personal choice and the Trump’s should cover the extra cost of the security detail, not taxpayers.
As the petition also reads, taxpayer dollars go to several improvements for the city that covers everyone, not just one person.
As WGN reported, Mayor de Blasio said in press conference that he wants the federal government to fund at least a portion of the costs for the NYPD protecting Trump’s family.
“We will begin the conversation with the federal government shortly on reimbursement for the NYPD for some of the costs that we are incurring,” de Blasio said.
De Blasio explained that the city will need help with costs for overtime required of officers protecting the Trumps. The mayor has gotten his requests approved before when he asked the federal government to reimburse the city during times extra protection was needed for visits from United Nations heads of state.
Melania and Barron Trump Won’t Move, Will Cost NYC Money https://t.co/KhGkowHxUF
— BOB (@picexec) November 23, 2016
All things related to President-Elect Donald Trump have gone against the norm. Security issues have been one of the foremost concerns due to Trump Tower’s location in Manhattan where dense population and multiple entryways into the 58-story skyscraper have tested the Secret Service’s capabilities beyond measure. The logistics revolving around the protection of Melania and Barron Trump are costly in itself.
Parents of students who attend class at Barron Trump’s private school are worried about the protection of their own children. They fear that Barron’s presence at the school puts their sons and daughters at increased risk for possible abductions.
Some applaud Melania Trump for opting to remain in New York until her young son finishes school while others see it as a selfish move that only costs New York residents a lot of money.
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