More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for first lady Melania Trump to either move to the White House or pay for the security costs associated with her protection at Trump Tower.
“The U.S. taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City,” the Change.org petition says.
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“As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded,” it adds.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition had been signed by more than 210,000 people. The petition says it will be delivered to Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
It costs between $127,000 and $146,000 a day for the New York Police Department (NYPD) to protect Trump and her son, Barron, the city’s police commissioner said last month.
It cost $24 million to protect President Trump and his family between Election Day and Inauguration Day, according to the NYPD.
Melania Trump has said she will stay in New York until the end of the school year to allow her 11-year-old son to finish the year. She will then move to the White House.
People who signed the petition argue that the money being used to protect Trump can go toward other causes and that the taxpayer should not be footing the bill.