First Lady, Melania Trump, saves taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars by cutting her staff to half of what the previous First Lady, Michelle Obama, employed.
First Lady Melania Trump reduced the East Wing spending by employing less than half of the previous First Lady’s staff. A White House report showed that Michelle Obama’s team cost taxpayers roughly $1.24 million a year for 16 staff members.
The same White House report shows that Melania Trump only acquired 4 staff members with a cost of only $486,700 a year. Which might not sound like chump-change to the regular American but overall is less than 40% of what the Obama administration spent each year.
The liberal-left, who spends far too much time criticizing the entire Trump family, puts a great deal of focus on what Melania is wearing rather than the good work she does. You’ll often find left-leaning news outlets reporting on the cost of the First Lady’s wardrobe and insinuating the bill was paid by the American taxpayers rather than speaking of the family’s substantial wealth. When in fact the cost to employ Melania Trump is a fraction of the money spent to push Michelle Obama’s lunch program.
According to those personnel reports, Melania Trump’s staffers include a chief of staff, a communications director, a deputy chief of staff and a deputy director of advance.
Michelle Obama’s staff included those same positions and a slew of others: additional press aides, a director of policy and projects, a personal aide, a traveling aide and a director of correspondence.
Michelle Obama’s office did not return a request for comment.
But the larger staff is likely due in part to Michelle Obama entering the East Wing with a more aggressive agenda and embracing initiatives like her Let’s Move! child obesity campaign.
During the first few months of the Trump presidency, Melania Trump and son, Barron, remained in New York as he finished the school year.
But she has noticeably ramped up public activity in recent weeks, including hosting a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis and traveling with her husband to tour the destruction of hurricanes and meet with the victims of the Las Vegas massacre.
“She is more like a Pat Nixon or a Bess Truman than a Hillary Clinton or a Michelle Obama,” Andrew Och, a first lady historian who was a producer on C-SPAN’s “First Ladies: Influence and Image” series, said of Melania Trump.