Trump’s security costs for one day in NYC equivalent to entire summer in Bedminster, N.J.

Last Updated May 5, 2017 9:14 PM EDT

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Friday morning he would work out of his home in Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend to avoid “causing a big disruption” in Manhattan, a move that “also saves (the) country money.”

That begs the question — how much more does it cost to protect the president at Trump Tower New York City than at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, suburbs 40 miles away? The answer is, quite a lot, and it’s a burden that local and federal taxpayers are sharing.  

Bedminster Mayor Steven Parker told “CBS This Morning” he estimates the cost for hosting the president in town is $300,000 for the whole summer, based on seven, 72-hour trips. Compare that to the $308,000 per-day cost, on average, to secure Trump Tower and surrounding areas in New York City, according to New York City Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill’s February letter to NYC members of Congress obtained by Politico.

  • Daily security costs in NYC: $308,000
  • Security costs for the whole summer in Bedminster: $300,000

In other words, it costs more to protect the president for one day in Manhattan, than an entire summer in nearby Bedminster, and that Manhattan price tag doesn’t include a $4.5 million annual price tag for the New York City Fire Department to protect Trump Tower.

Mr. Trump’s high protection costs have drawn scrutiny and even ire, as he racks up taxpayer-backed bills for localities and the Secret Service — particularly at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. The liberal Center for American Progress created a website tracking when Mr. Trump is at Mar-a-Lago, how much those trips cost so far, and what federal programs that money could…

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