Protecting President-elect Donald Trump is costing New York City taxpayers $1 million per day, according to CNN.
"The number one imperative here is safety and security. We owe that to the president elect, his family and his team," said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference before adding that the city will seek financial assistance from the federal government to help with the extra costs of protecting a president who has vowed to spend much of his time at his Manhattan penthouse.
"This is a very substantial undertaking. It will take substantial resources," de Blasio said. "We will begin the conversation with the federal government shortly on reimbursement for the NYPD for some of the costs that we are incurring."
New York City already has an arrangement with the federal government to protect world leaders visiting the United Nations. But that total reimbursement comes out to about $500,000 per week, reported CNN.
Having Trump and his family, including wife Melania and their 10-year-old son, Barron, in town on a regular basis will add significantly to that amount, while also creating a logistical challenge for the New York Police Department and Secret Service.
“The biggest challenge is trying to blend the two things that we have to make work as a police department: one is securing the president of the United States when he’s in New York ... And the other is, doing it on what could be a very regular basis, at what we consider practically the center of the earth, which is 57th Street and Fifth Avenue,” said John Miller, NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, according to CBS News.