The New York Police Department tallied up the costs of protecting Trump Tower in Manhattan for President Donald Trump and his family, and the total came to $24 million for the 75 days between Election Day and Inauguration Day.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said protecting the building posed a "unique and unparalleled" challenge for the country's largest police force.
"The NYPD now serves a dual role in protecting the First Family and securing Trump Tower while simultaneously acting as a municipal police department charged with serving and protecting the millions of residents, visitors, and workers in the city," O'Neill wrote in a latter addressed to the New York City area members of Congress, which was published by Politico. "Moreover, Trump Tower itself now presents a target to those who wish to commit acts of terror against our country, further straining our limited counterterrorism resources."
The $24 price tag is $11 million less than previous estimates, but the daily rate still comes out to more than a quarter-million dollars per day.
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"After an extensive analysis of payrolls, overtime sheets, and over 25,000 individual patrol log entries, New York has determined that the NYPD’s security operations for those seventy-five days totaled $24 million," O'Neill wrote. "The average daily rate throughout this entire period was $308,000. The average through December 20th was $334,000. After December 20th, based on more detailed information of security needs and approaching the end of the holidays, deployment was decreased and the average daily rate was $275,000."
New York City taxpayers will foot the bill, which is something Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York would like to see changed.
"We all know that it is a national responsibility of the federal government to protect the President. And that’s as it should be," Schumer said at a press conference, according to the New York Daily News. "But right now, New York City taxpayers are paying a huge amount of money to protect the President and the Trump Tower."