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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump walks on stage with his son Barron Trump (C), and wife Melania Trump during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Protecting President-elect Donald Trump and his family is costing New York City more than $1 million a day, according to three city officials.

And those costs won’t necessarily drop significantly once he moves to the White House.

That’s because Melania Trump and their 10-year old son Barron expect to stay at their home at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, at least until the end of the school year. And President-elect Trump has indicated he plans to return home regularly, especially while they’re still here.

Adding to the expense is the cost of police assigned to President-elect Trump’s adult children and his grandchildren, who are also receiving Secret Service protection, John Miller, NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence & counterterrorism, told WCBS Monday. All of them live in the city, and all are entitled to receive Secret Service protection.

“The number one imperative here is safety and security. We owe that to the president elect, his family and his team,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference on Friday. But he added the city will need help with those costs, particularly police overtime.

“This is a very substantial undertaking. It will take substantial resources,” he said. “We will begin the conversation with the federal government shortly on reimbursement for the NYPD for some of the costs that we are incurring.”

While primary responsibility for the protection of the president, or president-elect, rests with the Secret Service, local law enforcement is charged with assisting them, particularly in controlling movements of the general public.

Every president is required to have local law enforcement protection when they return home during their terms. But protecting President-elect Trump in New York City is particularly costly, given that he lives in the most densely-populated neighborhood of the nation’s biggest city.

“We have never had a situation where a POTUS (president of the United States) would be here on such a regular basis,” said de Blasio. “The details of his future plans are unknown, but we certainly know over these next 65 days [until the inauguration] he will be here regularly. The NYPD is up to the challenge and the city of New York is up to the challenge, I have no doubt about that.”

The city has sought and received reimbursement for protecting world leaders in the past, such as when heads of state visit the United Nations, de Blasio said. City records show it received $26 million in reimbursements for such expenses in the 12 months ending June 30, or about $500,000 a week. But the fact that the city will need to protect President-elect Trump on an ongoing basis is unprecedented, de Blasio said.

“This makes [previous protection efforts] look quite small obviously,” he said. “We’ll have to establish a new set of ground rules.”

The police have set up barricades around Trump Tower at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, smack in the middle of the city. While a block of 56th street has basically been closed to traffic, 5th Avenue remains open, although the traffic flow on that major thoroughfare has been affected.

And as President-elect Trump moves through the city, police need to close streets accordingly. For example, the Lincoln Tunnel was closed to traffic on Friday afternoon during rush hour when President-elect Trump traveled to New Jersey.

5 comments

  • Grace

    Elected a recipient,he’s a biznez man,let’s see this worth our tax dollars or he can bail.must benefit our country or go ,as millions are homeless and too poor to welfare a president more than necessary!

    • Liberal Hypocrisy

      Grace? Or lack there of “Grace”. Nothing new here. If the issues listed here were truly important to “Grace”, all of the leftists would have done something about it over the past eight years.

  • confused

    No different then the one sitting who appeared on numerous tv shows, as did his wife, and not always together. Sometimes vacations were spread too, so they also had security costs. DROP it. Trump won, quit trying to make a mountain out of a molehill.

  • haxby wisepenney

    Mr.Trump is not even president and costing the American people 300 million dollars a year, almost 1 billion dollars just to protect his NYC apartment not including the cost of the white house and travel, Those cuts are gong to come from somewhere oh wait they have Texas cut medical funding for disabled children, Trump supporter state, so for all you obtuse trump supporters who thought you were rich enough to vote for him Good Luck. By the way Trump your so called Christian values are pure hypocrisy ” till death do us part” not because you are old and I fell in love with my prostitute mistress.

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