New York Balks at Trump’s $25 Million Tab

Remember that larger-than-life friend who blows into town on occasion, brings a giant party and leaves a fat bill behind that, for some reason, falls on you to pay?

Some bills are too high to absorb, like the $25.7 million tab President Donald Trump ran up in New York City in the weeks after his election. 

Trump Tower

The city has spent up to $308,000 daily to help protect Trump and his entourage in his lair high above Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, the New York Police Department said.

NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill has taken the bill to Congress, where Democrats said they plan to ask the Feds to reimburse the city for the extra security they provided for Trump. 

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, said O’Neill told her and other lawmakers that the huge tab reflects the costs of both manpower and overtime pay for first responders to help the U.S. Secret Service ensure security at Trump Tower. 

Lowey and Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), another senior appropriator, agreed New York shouldn’t have to shoulder the costs of protecting Trump alone. The lawmakers said they want a reimbursement of the $25.7 million included in a spending package Republican leaders hope to move through Congress by late April.

"[T]here is no reason why New York taxpayers should have to foot the bill for this enormous undertaking,” Lowey said in a statement. "Protecting the president of the United States and his family is a federal responsibility.”