Just How Did Melania Save The Taxpayers Nearly Half A Mil?
First Lady, Melania Trump, is shaking things up in the White House and it’s saving you more than you know. By cutting the unnecessary staff, Melania proves yet again that her family isn’t part of the political royalty we’ve come to know. Unlike the Clintons and the Obamas, the Trumps really take serving the public seriously.
According to RWN, Michelle Obama was reported to have 16 people working under her, being paid a combined $1.24 million. Melania Trump’s staff is only four people who earn a combined $486,700, much less in comparison to Obama. Knowing that Melania Trump refuses to hire 12 extra people to do jobs that can be handled by herself and four others is a wonderful bit of information as it reduces wasteful spending of the taxpayer money.
Not carrying the extra staff for jobs that can be handled by fewer people is a step in the right direction towards reducing the amount of money spent by the administration and shows that Melania cares to be mindful in her position as the first lady. That’s an enjoyable quality for a first lady to have as it spreads a message about being responsible and not overspending.
Before the First Lady’s recent changes in staff Forbes was already singing praise to the Trump family for saving the taxpayer major buck on senseless positions:
- There are 110 fewer employees on White House staff under Trump than under Obama at this point in their respective presidencies.
- $5.1 million in payroll savings vs. the Obama FY2015 payroll. In 2017, the Trump payroll amounts to $35.8 million for 377 employees, while the Obama payroll amounted to $40.9 million for 476 employees (FY2015).
- Nineteen fewer staffers are dedicated to The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). Currently, there are five staffers dedicated to Melania Trump vs. 24 staffers who served Michelle Obama (FY2009).
And those figures are not including changes made in 2018! This is what we should expect from our leadership. This is real change.
As Reported By Fox News:
The details are contained in an annual report the White House sends to Congress showing the names, positions, and salaries of all its personnel. Both the Obama and Trump administrations acknowledged several additional staffers beyond those listed in the report with the term “first lady” in their titles. But even counting all those employees — 24 for Michelle Obama and nine for the current first lady — Melania Trump’s office is relatively small.
It’s an approach her spokeswoman says is intentional.
“As with all things that she does, she is being very deliberate in her hiring, focusing on quality over quantity,” communications director Stephanie Grisham said in an email. “It is important to her that the team is a good fit for what she wants to accomplish as the first lady, and that everyone works well together. She also wants to be mindful and responsible when it comes to taxpayer money.”
Meanwhile, the media can’t find anything better to comment on other than the First Lady’s wardrobe? I’m sorry, but this isn’t the Grammys. This family has a job to do and it’s best to let them do it.
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