Trump Tower Security Bill Reaches $25.7M
New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill has written a letter to New York City’s members of Congress to explain the cost of security surrounding Trump Tower in the 75 days between Election Day and the Inauguration.
O’Neill said the “unique and unparalleled” challenge of having police and fire officials at and around the building for an extended amount of time comes to a cost of $25.7 million, down from an estimate of $35 million.
The cost of security was determined after a close examination of personnel time sheets and other data. An NYPD spokesperson explained that the earlier, higher price tag was an estimate and not an exact calculation.
Moving forward, the NYPD expects to spend between $127,000 and $146,000 per day protecting the First Lady, Melania Trump and her son, Barron, while they reside in the Manhattan sky rise, on top of an additional $4.5 million in expenses annually for the Fire Department of New York.
The cost, O’Neill said, will “increase significantly” whenever the President is in New York City. Trump has not visited New York City since moving into the White House on Jan. 20.