An online petition has been launched, demanding that Melania Trump either move to the White House or pay for her own security costs at Trump Tower.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition has already gathered almost 225,000 signatures.
The petition states, “The U.S. taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City. As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded.”
The person who started the petition two weeks ago, Doug Caruana, states the petition will be delivered to Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
The First Lady announced at the beginning of Trump’s presidency that she will remain in New York until 11-year-old son Barron finishes this school term, then they will moved to the White House.
The Hill reports that it costs between $127,000 to $146,000 per day for the New York Police Department to provide protection for the two.
In contrast, taxpayers footed the bill for over $100 million in mostly personal travel expenses for vacations taken by former President Obama and his family during his eight-year term in office.
In December, 2016, Breitbart reported the total spent was already up to $96 million, which did not yet include the Obamas’ last Hawaiian vacation taken in December. As of that report, the Obamas had taken 28 vacations, including several outings taken by Michelle Obama and her daughters.
H/T: The Hill
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