Melania’s Security Detail At Trump Tower Cost Taxpayers $100k+ Daily

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The First Lady remained in New York in order that Barron could finish the fifth grade.

During the four months that First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron remained in New York at the outset of Donald Trump's presidency, taxpayers footed the bill for security and flights to and from Washington D.C. and the president's Mar-A-Lago club in Florida.

At $127,000 to $146,000 a day to keep Melania and Barron secure in Trump Tower and a total of at least $676,635 for flights aboard Air Force jets, taxpayers doled out a hefty sum in those first few months.

The first lady had decided to remain in Trump Tower in New York in order to take care of Barron while he finished the fifth grade, and only moved to Washington, DC in early June, after over four months living away from President Donald Trump.

Although the records request only covers three months of this period, Melania still racked up quite a tab, taking flights between New York, Washington, DC, and Palm Beach, Florida, where she would fly to spend downtime in Trump's Mar-a-Lago club.

In total, Melania took 21 flights during those months prior to taking up residence in the White House.

While none of these flights have been alleged to be improper, former first lady Michelle Obama spent on average $350,000 per year, according to The Journal — or about half of Melania's costs during the three month period in 2017 alone.