It's costing a fortune to protect the Trump family

Police officials estimate that it would cost NY $500,000 a day, or $183 million a year, to guard Trump Tower, where First Lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump live. The president was set to head down to the "winter White House" again Friday, prompting concerns about just how much these trips are costing.

Trump's time in office could cost taxpayers "hundreds of millions of dollars or more", topping the estimated $97 million of travel-related expenses during the Obama administration, the Post reported. The number comes from calculations pulled from an October government report analyzing White House travel, which includes Coast Guard, as well as other military, security, and staffing expenses.

The excessive costs stem from the need for increased security wherever the president is.

The president is due to spend the weekend at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. "The unique thing about President Trump is that he knows what it costs to run a plane".

The Secret Service also protects Trump's eldest sons Donald Jr. and Eric when they travel for Trump Organization business. He suggested Camp David may be the better choice, since Trump can easily get there by helicopter.

A US Secret Service spokesperson said: "The Secret Service can confirm that an object appears to have been thrown at the motorcade this afternoon".

  • Zachary Reyes