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Donald Trump may be moving into the White House in the coming months, but, according to several city officials, per CNN*, the amount of money it costs the city of New York to keep the President-elect and his family safe is millions of dollars per day—and that won't change once he moves to Pennsylvania Ave.
According to the CNN report, soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump isn't expected to move with her husband to the White House until at least after this current school year ends, as she'll stay in Manhattan's Trump Tower with the couple's 10-year-old son Barron until then. That, along with the expense of security for Trump's children and his grandchildren, makes the total bill over a million dollars per day.
"The number one imperative here is safety and security. We owe that to the president elect, his family and his team," said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference on Friday. But he added the city will need help with those costs, particularly police overtime.
"This is a very substantial undertaking. It will take substantial resources," he said. "We will begin the conversation with the federal government shortly on reimbursement for the NYPD for some of the costs that we are incurring."
Every president is required to have local law enforcement protection when they return home during their terms. But protecting Trump in New York City is particularly costly, given that he lives in the most densely-populated neighborhood of the nation's biggest city.
"We have never had a situation where a POTUS (president of the United States) would be here on such a regular basis," said de Blasio. "The details of his future plans are unknown, but we certainly know over these next 65 days [until the inauguration] he will be here regularly. The NYPD is up to the challenge and the city of New York is up to the challenge, I have no doubt about that."
While the city had, reportedly, been given reimbursement relief of over $26 million for safety precautions of world leaders in the past year, according to the CNN report, with Trump's security necessary for longer than just a few days is making bills skyrocket.
"This makes [previous protection efforts] look quite small obviously," he said. "We'll have to establish a new set of ground rules."
The police have set up barricades around Trump Tower at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, smack in the middle of the city. While a block of 56th street has basically been closed to traffic, 5th Avenue remains open, although the traffic flow on that major thoroughfare has been affected.
Being the next President is an awesome accomplishment for Donald Trump and his family, but it sure is expensive to make sure his, and his family members', safety is at an all-time high.