House Republicans voted yesterday to allocate $7 million to cover security expenses related to protecting President-elect Donald Trump and his family, who currently reside at Manhattan’s Trump Tower.
The number is a far-cry from the $35 million that Mayor Bill de Blasio requested, estimating that costs would be as much as $500,000 per day. At that rate, the City has already spent more than twice the allocated amount since Trump’s surprise victory last month.
The Mayor’s Office says that, if no more money is given by the federal government, the City will be responsible for 80 percent of all security costs.
In fact, costs could be even higher, since the House didn’t allocate money directly to New York City but rather to general Trump’s general security. That means New York City will have to split the $7 million with other local municipalities as Trump travels the country as part of his “Victory Tour.”
In a statement released Wednesday, de Blasio said “We are counting on Congress to step up in the coming months to pay back what it owes our city. This is a national responsibility and the burden cannot fall alone on our city and police department.”