Trump Security Costs Can Change A Lot Based On Location

If Trump wants to travel on the weekends, his golf club in New Jersey is the more cost-effective way to go.
Posted at 10:54 AM, May 06, 2017

President Donald Trump tweeted that he would be saving taxpayer money this weekend by working out of his home in New Jersey rather than visiting Trump Tower in New York.

Obviously, it's still more costly for Trump to travel on the weekends rather than stay in Washington, D.C. But if he does have to get out of the White House, New Jersey is the place to go.

Trump owns a golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The town's mayor told "CBS This Morning" that the estimated security costs for his town to host the president every weekend this summer is $300,000 — total.

And according to documents acquired by Politico, securing Trump Tower costs the New York Police Department alone roughly $308,000 a day.

That means it costs more to protect Trump for one day in New York than it might cost for an entire summer in Bedminster. Trump Tower also carries $4.5 million in additional annual costs from fire department protection.

Congress ensured the president's security costs were covered in its most recent spending bill by allocating $60 million for the Secret Service and another $60 million to help local governments enact effective protection.

Trump and his family have faced a large amount of criticism for what some consider to be excessive travel. First lady Melania Trump and the Trumps' son, Barron, are also continuing to live in Trump Tower until Barron finishes school. Providing security for them can cost anywhere from $127,000 to $146,000 a day, according to the New York Times.