There’s no doubt that Donald Trump started his financial empire in the Big Apple. He owes a lot to New York City, the place that helped make him a success (like almost a billion dollars in tax revenue for example).
But now, before his inauguration, the President-elect wants to send the people of New York City a heartfelt token of his appreciation in the form of a $35 million security bill.
CNNMoney reported last month that protecting Trump and his family has cost the city over $1 million a day.
At a news conference on Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that he intends to send letters to President Barack Obama, administration officials, and Congress to “formally initiate” a reimbursement process related to the security costs from November 8 (election day) up until January 20, 2017.
The mayor said that he spoke with Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary, about the request. According to de Blasio, Mnuchin “fully understood that there was a real important discussion to be had on how we deal with reimbursement issues going forward.”
CNNMoney also reports that the cost associated with Trump’s security won’t necessarily go down after he leaves to live in the White House, due to reports that his wife Melania and their 10-year-old son Barron intend to continue living in Trump Tower for an unspecified amount of time.
Trump has also stated that he is going to make regular trips back and forth from D.C. and NYC to visit his family.
Right now, it’s unclear how the local and federal government will be able to hash out the added security costs in New York after Trump takes office next year. New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill said that the city’s post-inaugural plan, which involves everything from security to redirecting other city resources, “hasn’t been firmed up yet.”
During his press conference in November, de Blasio stated that the city would need financial assistance to help cover the security costs, especially police overtime.
“This is a very substantial undertaking. It will take substantial resources,” he said at the time. “We will begin the conversation with the federal government shortly on reimbursement for the NYPD for some of the costs that we are incurring.”
And while the Secret Service is primarily responsible for protecting the president, or president-elect, local law enforcement has a duty to assist them, particularly when it comes to controlling the movements of the general public.
Every president must use law enforcement resources when returning to their home while in office. However, the cost associated with Trump will be considerably more expensive than his predecessors. Trump lives in the most densely populated area in New York City, and the lives of those who live, visit, and work in and around Trump Tower will not be a lot of fun for at least the next four years.
It sounds like the people of New York are getting screwed even before Trump steps foot into the Oval Office.
Some things never change.
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