President Donald Trump says his presidency has been a burden on his family.
In an interview with The Washington Times, Trump said first lady Melania and first son Barron have been negatively impacted by his presidency.
“There is no question, it is a big burden on the family," Trump said.
The president slammed the media for their criticism of Melania's decision to stay in New York City so Barron could finish the school year. Trump said the move would have been difficult for their son at the time.
“I have a son who’s a very young boy -- he just turned 11,” Trump explained. “He’ll be taken away from his school and be put into a brand new school. He likes playing on his soccer team in New York, they’re all of his friends, and you know he’ll be taken away from that team.”
“We didn’t want to do it in the middle of a season,” the president added.
Trump confirmed his wife and son will move into the White House in 2017. He also blasted the media for their treatment of Melania.
“She’s been terribly abused by the press, really unfairly,” Trump said. “She’s a high-quality person. She’s been amazing for the country. She’s been a great representative, I think. In fact, her polls: She went up 29 points, did you see that? But she’s been very highly abused by the press, which was very unfair.”
The Trump family faced severe backlash after it was revealed the city of New York was spending millions of dollars on security for Melania and Barron at Trump Tower.
The city spent $24 million on security measures for Trump Tower between Election Day and Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, reports Reuters.
New York’s police commissioner also told Reuters that security for the first family was costing taxpayers between $127,000 and $308,000 a day.
"We are seeking full federal reimbursement for all costs incurred related to security for President Trump and his family at Trump Tower," said Freddi Goldstein, a spokeswoman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Still, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York has called for the Trump administration to shoulder the costs for the first lady and son's security, adding that if they don't, then the NYPD should stop providing protection.
“[De Blasio] ought to tell the Congress if we don’t pay for it, New York City cops aren’t guarding it," Schumer told BuzzFeed News.