Federal spending plan reimburses New York City for Trump security

Erica Roy
May 4, 2017

"We are getting what we are owed", de Blasio said.

The city estimates it spends $127,000 to $146,000 a day on protecting his family, which includes Trump's eldest sons Donald Jr. and Eric, who run the family business.

It's expected that Palm Beach County, Florida, where Mar-a-Lago is located, Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump has another golf course, and New York City will be awarded the majority of the money. Of their $60 million, $34 goes to personnel costs associated with protecting Trump and the first family, including his adult children.

Several protests are planned across New York City, including near the USS Intrepid on the Hudson River, where Trump is scheduled to meet with Mr Turnbull on Friday (AEST), and at the president's home at Trump Tower.

A trillion-dollar spending deal reached by congressional negotiators Sunday night includes a $68 million reimbursement for local law enforcement agencies that have incurred significant costs for protecting President Trump and his family.

"Although the federal government does not otherwise reimburse costs for state or local law-enforcement for activities in support of the Secret Service's protection mission, these funds are being provided in recognition of the extraordinary costs borne by a small number of jurisdictions in which a residence of the president is located,"the legislation said, according to The Times".

Roughly half of the funding would go to the Secret Service, according to the newspaper.

The mayor explicitly praised New York's congressional delegation for their work, particularly Westchester Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Manhattan Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng and Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano-all Democrats-as well as Staten Island Congressman Daniel Donovan, the only Republican representing the five boroughs. Those businesses employed New Yorkers who paid taxes toward the Trumps' security up above the New York City skyline in their $100 million penthouse. "On the president's first trip back to New York City, the world will see us rise up and oppose him again".

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) on Monday also applauded the funds, some of which will help reimburse Palm Beach County for safeguarding Trump during the president's visits there. "But now and by the end of the funding bill, we have to have a discussion about whether it is appropriate for the president to bill the taxpayers for trips to his private club".

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