De Blasio Admits Protecting Trump Costs Drastically Less Than Previous Estimate
Protecting President-elect Donald Trump and his family will cost around $500,000 per day, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking for $35 million from the federal government to cover cost.
De Blasio sent letters to Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama Monday asking for “adequate funds to reimburse the City for the extraordinary amount of resources New York City taxpayers are providing to protect President-elect Donald J. Trump and his family,” according to reports from Politico.
According to the letter, adequate reimbursement for the city’s projected expenditure to protect the Trump family comes to $35 million or just less than $500,000 for each of the 72 days between November 8 and January 20, 2017. In November, three city officials told CNN that Trump’s family was costing the city $1 million every day, particularly because Trump’s adult children and grandchildren, each of whom receive special police protection.
New York City “is a highly-trafficked, dense urban environment, and one that presents an unprecedented target for potential terrorist activity. No other president in modern history has had his primary residence located in such a densely-populated neighborhood,” de Blasio said in the letter.
Trump needs the extra security partly because his “hate speech” during the election inspired such a strong reaction from protestors, de Blasio said.
“Do I blame Donald Trump for using hate speech during his campaign? Absolutely,” de Blasio said in a press conference Monday. (RELATED: Mayor De Blasio Calls For More Anti-Trump Protests)
Still, de Blasio is committed to providing the Republican president-elect with the best protection. “I didn’t vote for him. I didn’t agree with him, but he’s the president-elect,” de Blasio said.
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