Protecting the president-elect and his family is costing New York City big time.
The costs for the security of Donald Trump and his large family may well top $1 million each day, a new report states, citing three city officials. The high figure is partly explained by the first family residing “in the most densely populated neighborhood of the nation’s biggest city.”
Although it is the primary responsibility of the Secret Service to provide protection to the president or president-elect, law enforcement agencies are also often charged with helping them, especially when regulating the movements of the general public. Additionally Trump’s adult children and grandchildren all live in the city and are also entitled to the protection of the Secret Service, reported John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism.
The expenses are not expected to lessen anytime soon, particularly since the soon-to-be first lady Melania Trump and their 10-year-old Barron, are going to stay in Manhattan, until at least the end of the school year. However, they have not yet given an exact day of when they will be moving to the White House. Trump has also said that while his family is there, he will be visiting frequently to New York — a thing dubbed as a “substantial undertaking” by the law enforcement agency, said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“We have never had a situation where a POTUS would be here on such a regular basis,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The details of his future plans are unknown, but we certainly know over these next 65 days [until the inauguration] he will be here regularly. The NYPD is up to the challenge and the city of New York is up to the challenge, I have no doubt about that.”
The city has received reimbursement for protecting world leaders in the past, for example, when foreign dignitaries or United Nations officials were visiting. New York City records show the city has gotten $26 million in reimbursement for such expenses from the time period of June 20, 2015 to June 30, 2016. If broken down, it means $1 million every two weeks on average — an amount Trump and his family will consume in a single day.
“The number one imperative here is safety and security. We owe that to the president elect, his family and his team,” said de Blasio, who nevertheless accepted the cost was unprecedented and added the city will need help with, especially when it comes to police overtime payment.
“This is a very substantial undertaking. It will take substantial resources,” he said. “We will begin the conversation with the federal government shortly on reimbursement for the NYPD for some of the costs that we are incurring.”
Meanwhile, the police have set barricades around Trump Tower at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, where Trump lives. The location is in the middle of the very busy city and the traffic flow has been majorly affected. Additionally, as Trump exits from his home and moves around the city, the police will need to close off streets accordingly.