Should the president's family be required to live in the White House? | The Tylt
It's no secret that First Lady Melania Trump and her 10-year-old son Barron are not moving to the White House anytime soon. But now reports are circulating that Melania plans to stay in New York permanently. Critics say the cost of protecting Trump and his family in D.C., New York and Mar-a-Lago could cost taxpayers over a billion dollars during his first term—but supporters argue other presidents have maintained second residences before. It would be unfair to penalize Trump. What do you think?
Should the president's family be required to live in the White House?
Reports are saying Melania Trump may not move to the White House at all, which would cost taxpayers over a billion dollars during the president's first term to secure the White House, Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago. But on the other hand, both Donald and Melania Trump say they're just trying to be good parents. What do you think?
"They will reevaluate toward the end of the school year if they will keep this arrangement or if Melania and Barron will move to Washington," a family insider told the publication. "They could go either way right now. They will ultimately do what's best for Barron."
Commuting between the White House and Trump's properties could create major logistical nightmares for security and traffic in D.C. and New York. It's a huge inconvenience and an expense that taxpayers would have to pick up, and many say that is unfair.
Right now, the cost to taxpayers is more than $2 million a day, the documents show, a number that is sure to increase whenever the president or the first lady travels — or when the threat level rises. Meanwhile, the New York Police Department is already handling external security at Trump Tower, the president-elect's Manhattan home base, at an estimated cost of $1 million per day.
Now multiply that by four years. (And don't forget to add Mar-a-Lago!)
Plus, the optics of the president or his family flying back-and-forth to one of his opulent homes at taxpayer expense may not go over well.
But others say arguing about how much it costs to protect the president defeats the point. He's our president. No price is too much. This is the leader of the free world we're talking about.
"You have to be able to conduct a global war from the front porch — that is just the reality of the situation."
Also, it's not written anywhere that the president must live in the White House. Why should Trump's family be inconvenienced?
Americans are pretty divided on this issue, just like everything involving Donald Trump.
Melania Trump may not move into the White House. That's a good idea, there's not enough room in Trump's bed for his wife and Vladimir Putin.— Lee Mays (@OriginalLeeMays) February 1, 2017
I wonder how many homeless vets could be housed with the taxpayers money Trump is gonna spend on vacation at the Winter White House.— No. (@Rachismo1) January 31, 2017