A Change.org petition calling on Melania Trump to either move into the White House or foot the bill for her security at Trump Tower, has garnered over 140,000 signatures in a week.
As of this writing, the petition titled “Make Melania Trump stay in the White House or pay for the expenses herself” stands at 145,800 signatures, and it will be delivered to Senators Bernie Sanders and Elisabeth Warren once it reaches its goal of 150,000.
“The US taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City,” the petition states. “As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded.”
From The Independent:
Before he was inaugurated, the cost of Donald Trump and his family’s security protection in New York was estimated to be around £1 million (£800,000) a day. The NYPD later revised this amount, revealing last month that it had cost $24 million (£19 million) to pay for the security for Mr Trump and his family and guard Trump Tower over the two-and-a-half month period between the election and Inauguration Day, the New York Times reported.
The NYPD stated in a letter to members of the New York delegation to Congress that it costs between $127,000 and $146,000 (£101,000 and £116,000) a day “to protect the First Lady and her son while they reside in Trump Tower,” the newspaper reports. This cost is expected to rise to $308,000 (£245,000) a day when the President is in New York, though he has not travelled to the city since his inauguration.
“Living in the White House is what you do when you are married to the president,” Sheila Forsyth of Newport, Rhode Island, wrote on the petition’s comment section. “The tax money saved by eliminating these extra protection expenses can be used to feed senior citizens. Why is our tax money being spent on people who already have more than their fair share?”
“If she chooses to live apart from her husband, the American Tax Payers should NOT pick-up the tab!” Jodi Quesnell of Sheridan, Wyoming commented. “They can afford to pay for the extravagance of living apart. The Tax Payers have provided a perfectly acceptable home which has met the needs of every other previous president.”