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Providing Trump Tower Security Costs NYC $308,000 A Day (Video)

| by Kit Bryer

Between Election Day and President Donald Trump's inauguration, New York City spent $24 million on security to protect Trump Tower. That's $308,000 each day (video below).  

New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill revealed the final tally, which is about $10 million less than originally predicted, in a statement released Feb. 22. 

O'Neill said in the statement that the NYPD faces a new challenge in balancing the dual tasks of protecting and serving NYC citizens while providing constant security detail for the new first family, Reuters reported.

"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," O'Neill added.

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In December, Mayor Bill de Blasio asked then-President Barack Obama for a reimbursement of the cost of providing security for Trump Tower. 

DeBlasio made the request after a group of NYC congressmen sent a letter to de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking them to refuse to pay for Trump's security while he is in New York during his presidency. 

"Municipal or state resources should not be subsidizing the President-Elect's decision to maintain multiple permanent residences," the letter said, according to the New York Daily News. 

First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump plan to stay in NYC until the end of this school year, creating a continuing expense for the city.  

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The NYPD estimates the cost of protecting Trump Tower while only the first lady and son are in residence to be between $127,000 and $146,000 per day. Officials expect that number to jump back up to an average of $308,000 per day when the president visits.  

The U.S. military and Secret Service are now also planning on renting space in Trump tower, though the government has not released any information on how much they will be spending. 

"The space is necessary for the personnel and equipment who will support the POTUS at his residence in the building," Lt. Col. J.B. Brindle, a Defense Department spokesman, told CNN.

The Defense Department noted that renting space to accommodate presidents is not unusual, but ethical experts are concerned about the possible conflict of interest presented when the president profits at the expense of the taxpayer since he still owns Trump Tower. 

Renting just one floor of Trump Tower could cost around $1.5 million a year.

Sources: Reuters, New York Daily News, CNN / Photo credit: Marco Verch/Flickr

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