NYPD Commissioner: Trump Security Costs “Not Fair”


New York City Police Department’s Deputy commissioner, John Miller, voiced his disappointment at Congress for not acting to cover President elect Donald Trump’s personal security costs while in New York City.

On Sunday, Miller, the commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, told radio talk show host, John Catsimatidis, that “We went down to Washington and we described those costs to our congressional delegation from New York. They got it immediately but Congress has failed to pass a budget again.”

Miller said,”We asked them to add $35 million to reimburse New York City for [Trump’s security]. They came up with a figure of $7 million, which covers a piece of the overtime but not the rest of it.”

Miller knows that New York city must protect the president elect while he lives there, but feels that the protection costs should be picked up by federal government.

Commissioner Miller stated,”To ask a city to eat that cost for about three months isn’t fair to New York and it’s not fair to New Yorkers. This is their tax dollars pouring into the federal government instead of the other way around after they’ve already paid the federal government.”screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-8-23-35-am

Miller also has concerns about the long term costs to New York  city once Donald Trump becomes president because they are presently hard to gauge. No one knows what his schedule will be like and Miller said the costs to the city will depend on whether Trump “comes home every weekend” or “Is he stopping in on weeknights?”

Miller said he was disappointed with the meeting with Congress but will go back to Congress and try again.

H/T: The Hill

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