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The price taxpayers pay for Melania to stay in New York

By Kyle ToddinghamFebruary 8, 2017

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Melania and Baron Trump Chip Somodevilla / Staff

As we all know, Melania Trump is staying in New York with she and President Trump’s 10 year old son, Barron, so that he may finish his school year uninterrupted. But now reports have emerged that she and Barron may indeed not move to Washington DC at all, and will instead remain in New York.

Let’s talk about this for a minute. CNN and other sources have already cited that it costs the taxpayers about $1 million per day for the First Lady and her son to stay in New York. Therefore over the course of four years, this total comes to $1.4 billion that the taxpayers will be paying.

Now, this is not an attack or judgment on Melania. She can do what she wants, whether it be that she deems it best for her son, or simply because she sees this as an opportunity to have some space from The Don. Personally, I don’t much care either way. The problem, however, is that the taxpayers are the ones that have to pay for it. Children change schools all the time; look at all the kids whose parents are in our armed forces. Be that as it may, fine, Barron can stay at his school with his friends - but why do we have to pay for a 10 year old not to have to leave his friends?

Let us also recall the voracious outcry from the Republican party and its constituents when the Obamas went on vacation, supposedly (and inaccurately) on the taxpayer’s dime. By virtue of that, the entire GOP, FOX News, and its followers’ heads should be spinning at the enormity of this cost now to the American taxpayers.

On a comparative note, President Trump has already expressed his plan to cut funds to the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), as well as other government supported arts expenditures. Funding for the NEA costs approximately $148 million per year, which will equate to less than half the annual cost of keeping Melania in New York. Just some food for thought.

Here is my plea: Melania, no one blames you for not wanting to move to the White House with your husband and his...controversial friends. We understand you see this as your chance to have some space, we get it! But please, please, understand that this is a personal matter and therefore should not befall upon the pockets of the taxpayers. This should instead be at the personal expense of you and your family for making your own living choices. Since it is not our business as the public, and we don’t seem to get a say in it, then we shouldn’t have to pay for it.