A week ago an individual named Doug decided to create a petition on change.org. With a single signature he requested that the Trump’s begin footing the bill for Melania and Barron’s stay in New York. A day ago this petition reached over 100,000 signatures and as of today, this minute to be exact, the petition has 128,411 supporters.
According to an article from Fortune, on the days when Melania and Barron are the only ones in the city, security costs are estimated to be between $127,000 and $145,000 per day. Which they say is far less than they originally anticipated the costs to be. But let’s also keep in mind that cost is just slightly under the cost of the average American home. A day. Spent on security. For two people.
So naturally taxpayers, specifically New Yorkers, are a little upset.
One signee, Jodi from Wyoming, left this comment to show her support of the petition:
“If she chooses to live apart from her husband, the American Tax Payers should NOT pick-up the tab! They can afford to pay for the extravagance of living apart. The Tax Payers have provided a perfectly acceptable home which has met the needs of every other previous president.”
Another supporter, Ashley from Pennsylvania, left this reasoning behind her support:
“I’m a taxpayer. I have a right to voice my opinion on any subject I want. If I have to pay for it. I don’t approve. I understand her son is in school. But you had to have known about this change when mr. Trump was running for president. It is costing the government my hard earned money. I only make 9.26 an hour. It’s penny’s to you and your family. Please if you don’t want to move. Pick up the bill yourself, your a successful business women; Or have you successful rich BILLIONAIRE of a husband do it. I need new roads. I want cleaner air. I want more affordable health care. But it’s being spent on weekend getting aways, and extra security for you.”
The petition is now up to 130,913 supporters.
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