Now that First Lady Melania Trump is finally preparing to move with Barron Trump into the White House and out of the penthouse of Trump Tower in New York, folks are waiting on moving photos of Melania with bated breath, as reported by the Inquisitr. Whereas Melania has displayed body language that has been interpreted by some experts as displaying a woman who is very protective of her husband, Melania has been accused of not being protective enough of taxpayer funds by delaying her move into the White House for approximately 145 days. If Melania had moved into the White House with Barron on or soon after January 20, instead of waiting until June 14, which is Melania’s planned move-in date, security costs would not have been incurred.
Social media users have referenced reported costs to protect Melania and Barron at the Trump Tower, and used those to calculate how much money it has cost the nation for Melania’s delayed move into the White House. According to NBC New York, New York City estimated that guarding President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan Trump Tower location cost about $24 million in the two and one-half months that elapsed between Election Day and Inauguration Day, from November 8, 2016, to January 20. Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill wrote to New York’s congressional delegation to get reimbursed for the initial estimate of $35 million he thought it might cost to guard the Trumps and Trump Tower, eventually dropping that estimate down to $24 million.
The publication notes that when President Trump isn’t in New York City, the NYPD estimated expenses of $127,000 to $146,000 per day to guard Melania and Barron Trump. When President Trump comes back to New York City, the cost is even higher, at $308,000 per day. Therefore, multiplying the 145 days by $146,000 per day, the sum of $21.17 million results.
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— Inquisitr News (@theinquisitr) June 10, 2017
Certain Twitter users, like Huffington Post writer Tony Posnanski, rounded that $21.17 million up to an estimate of $24 million, for the amount he tagged Melania with costing the nation to remain in New York City instead of moving to the White House earlier. Posnanski noted that a sum so large could have provided meals to homeless veterans for an entire year. As such, his tweet is going viral, enjoying nearly 4,000 likes and more than 2,300 retweets as of this writing.
“If Melania Trump would have lived in DC… It would have saved the US 24 mil… Which is enough to feed 11,000 homeless vets for a year.”
Detractors who defend Melania against those who track how much Melania has created security expenses for delaying her White House move credit Melania with not wanting to yank Barron out of school in the middle of the school year, and call her a great mother for waiting to move to the White House and not disrupting Barron’s school year. Others are looking at the bigger picture, and writing on social media about how much money could have been saved by an earlier move to the White House.
Rumors of why Melania might want to remain at Trump Tower are continuing to float around online, even as the White House and Melania’s spokesperson refuses to comment on the melee, as reported by the Inquisitr.
As reported by Japan Times, Melania’s move into the White House with President Trump and Barron will be an interesting test to see how the 47-year-old Melania gets along with her husband under close quarters.
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— Inquisitr News (@theinquisitr) June 11, 2017
The comments regarding Melania’s move to the White House can be read below.
“Her boyfriend lives in NYC, well that’s the rumor they’re not denying or suing the messenger about. Melania sues for everything.”
“That wouldn’t surprise me in the least. Bet she dreads coming to D.C with her sham of a loveless marriage.”
“‘Every form of refuge has its price,’ too bad we have to pay as well as Melania.”
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