Trump Security Costs in NYC Lowered to $50-60M Per Year

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It will cost the New York Police Department significantly less to provide presidential protection and to guard Trump Tower than the city had initially estimated, says Police Commissioner James O’Neill, the New York Times reports. O’Neill noted that it had cost the police about $24 million to provide security to President Trump and his family in New York as well as to guard Trump Tower during the two and a half months between Election Day and Inauguration Day, well below the $35 million that the police had initially estimated. On days when Trump is not in the city, the department estimates that it costs $127,000 to $146,000 a day “to protect the first lady and her son while they reside in Trump Tower.”

On days when Trump is in New York City, the department anticipates “an average daily rate of $308,000.” That would come out to about $50 million a year if Trump avoided returning to Manhattan, or just over $60 million if he began returning on weekends. In a letter to members of Congress, O’Neill notes that “Trump Tower itself now presents a target to those who wish to commit acts of terror against our country, further straining our limited counterterrorism resources.”

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