Funding deal includes $68M reimbursement for guarding Trump family

Funding deal includes $68M reimbursement for guarding Trump family
© Greg Nash

The bipartisan deal to fund the government through September includes roughly $68 million for protecting President Trump and the first family.

The money will be used to reimburse New York City and other state and local governments that have hosted and protected the Trump family during their travels outside of Washington.

The package contains $27 million for reimbursement of costs incurred before Trump’s inauguration in January.

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That total includes $20 million in new spending for the period before Inauguration Day and the $7 million agreed upon from December’s end-of-year spending agreement.

The remaining $41 million will help cover expenses since Trump entered the White House in January.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said in a Monday statement that reimbursing New York City for the costs of protecting Trump Tower is “the right and fair thing to do.”

“It is ridiculous to expect local law enforcement, like the NYPD and FDNY, to bear the extraordinary and ongoing costs of protecting the president of the United States,” she said.

"That is clearly a national security concern, and paying for it should be a federal responsibility.”

James O'Neill, the New York City police commissioner, estimated earlier this year that the New York Police Department spends up to $308,000 per day on security when Trump is in New York, where his flagship Trump Tower is located.  

O'Neill said earlier this year that the city had spent $24 million on protection for Trump and his family between the election and the inauguration.

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) on Monday also applauded the funds, some of which will help reimburse Palm Beach County for safeguarding Trump during the president’s visits there.

CBS News estimated last month that taxpayers spend more than $3 million for each of Trump's visits to his “Winter White House.”

“This is a huge victory for Palm Beach County taxpayers, who should never have been on the hook for President Trump’s weekend getaways,” Deutch said in a statement about the Palm Beach, Fla., resort. 

Reports emerged Sunday that congressional negotiators had signed off on a deal funding the federal government through September.

The deal averted a shutdown of federal agencies over contentious issues, including Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.