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Published: Tue, May 02, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Proposed Federal Budget Includes $61 Million Reimbursement For Trump Security Costs


The vast majority of those funds will be sent to New York City, where first lady Melania Trump and their 10-year old son Barron still live full time.

"It is estimated that the city spends, on average, $127,000 to $146,000 a day for the NYPD to protect the First Family when President Trump is not in town", the mayor's statement noted, referring to police figures provided by Commissioner James O'Neill. Members are expected to vote on the new bill this week.

The money includes $20 million covering the period from the election to the inauguration on January 20.

A federal spending agreement reached late on Sunday will reimburse New York City for money spent securing U.S. President Donald Trump and his family at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Trump slammed the media's criticisms of his wife and her decision to stay in their home in New York City, saying that the move would have been hard for their son, Barron.

The budget has set aside $61 million for such security measures, according to the Mayor's office, with $20 million allocated for costs incurred between Election Day and Inauguration Day, and $41 million for costs after Inauguration Day.

"We are getting what we are owed", de Blasio said in a release.

Legislators from both parties came together to head off the shutdown with a $1 trillion deal that included the "protection package" to be portioned out to local law enforcement agencies for their presidential protection efforts, according to the New York Times and Daily News.

Rep. Nita Lowey told the NY Post, "I am very pleased New York taxpayers will not be on the hook for these critical and necessary expenses".

The funds would go to the New York Police Department, which spent more than $2 million per week securing Trump Tower in Manhattan when the president was interviewing for his Cabinet positions before his inauguration, a Democratic congressional aide told the newspaper.

"It is ridiculous to expect local law enforcement, like the NYPD and FDNY, to bear the extraordinary and ongoing costs of protecting the President of the United States", she said. That is clearly a national security concern and paying for it should be federal responsibility.

"They worked tirelessly over the past several months to make sure these costs are paid for by the federal government", de Blasio said.

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