New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has requested $35 million from The White House to cover the costs of amped-up security for President-elect Donald Trump and his family.
While Mr. Trump is slated to move to The White House himself following inauguration on Jan. 20, the president-elect has already noted that he intends to spend as much time in New York as possible, and will likely go back to his $100 million penthouse in Trump Tower on free weekends. His wife, Melania, plans to continue to live in the city full time at least until their son Barron’s school year comes to a close next spring.
That plan raises concerns for the New York City Police Department, which is currently aiding the Secret Service to ensure the Trump family’s safety – and racking up costs of some $400,000 daily in doing so. While New York City’s police force is the nation’s largest, it’s also tasked with protecting 8.5 million residents and more tourists in a 300 square-mile area, and maintaining additional security forces for Trump presents another challenge to the department.
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