2017/07/03 – Trump’s Leaner White House Payroll Projected To Save Taxpayers $22 Million – Forbes
Projected four-year savings on the White House payroll could top $22 million. Savings come from President Trump’s refusal to take a salary as well as big reductions in other areas including the absence of czars, expensive “fellowships,” and spending on FLOTUS staff.
- 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).
Trump is also mandated to take a salary, even though when he was campaigning from president he said he wouldn’t. He has donated the first quarter of his pay to the Dept. of Interior for construction and repair needs at military cemeteries.
This info comes from openthebooks.com.