Federal Government to Reimburse Cities for Protecting President Trump

The federal budget deal reached Sunday night to avoid a full government shutdown includes $61 million to reimburse NY for protecting the president and his family, officials said.

The cash Congress is devoting to renting Secret Service space in Trump Tower also fans the flames of concern that Trump is profiting off the presidency. The new agreement will provide that money, plus $20 million for the same period and $41 million for the period from January 20 until the end of the fiscal year.

The US Congress is set to approve the release of $120m in additional funding to cover the cost of protecting both Donald Trump's family and Trump Tower in NY where his wife Melania and his youngest son Barron are based.

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

The remaining $60 million is reportedly reimbursing local municipalities - such as New York City and Palm Beach County's "extraordinary law enforcement personnel costs".

The deal includes $20 million for costs incurred between Election Day in November and Inauguration Day in January, as well as $41 million after Trump was sworn in.

New York City has borne the heaviest cost since Trump was elected.

While former Vice President Joe Biden rented out a cabin on his DE property to the Secret Service, space at Trump Tower is significantly more expensive, NPR reported - and is one of many instances in which the president appears to be benefitting financially from office.

Still, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called for the Trump administration to shoulder the costs for the first lady and son's security, adding that if they don't, then the New York City Police Department should stop providing protection. The mayor said this is an opportunity to remind the president that this is the greatest city in the world because of its diversity.

"The block is now unwelcoming and looks like a war zone", Democratic city council member Daniel R. Garodnick told the New York Times of the Fifth Avenue area Trump Towers is located following the election.

The local cost of protecting the president during frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, has reached about $3.7 million, the Palm Beach Post reported last month.

NY is bracing for President Donald Trump's first trip back to his hometown since taking office in January in a Thursday visit that is expected to draw protests and snarl traffic in the United States' most populous city.


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