Protecting Trump Tower Is Cheaper Than Expected

Cost was $24M from Election to Inauguration Day
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2017 8:55 AM CST
Protecting Trump Tower Is Cheaper Than Expected
Police officers walk through the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Jan. 17.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Good news for taxpayers: Though the NYPD initially said it would need $35 million to protect then-President-elect Trump, his family, and Trump Tower between Election Day and Inauguration Day, it actually managed the feat for $24 million, according to a letter from police commissioner James P. O'Neill asking Congress to reimburse the city, per the New York Post. It reveals a cost of $308,000 per day when the president is in the city, compared to $127,000 to $146,000 per day "to protect the first lady and her son while they reside in Trump Tower." If Trump returns to New York City on weekends—he's been favoring Mar-a-Lago instead—there would be an annual cost of about $60 million, reports the New York Times. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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