It may be a surprise for some, but it shouldn’t be—President Trump is spending $5 million dollars less of taxpayer money on his staff than Obama did.
One of the BIG differences is the First Lady’s staff.
Michelle Obama had a virtual retinue. She brought in 24 people in her first year in the White House. A far cry from earlier days when the concept of the First Lady having a staff originated.
But Trump had made a commitment to cut staff, particularly in that area.
So Melania has 4 people, a chief of staff who is also listed as an advisor to the president, a deputy chief of staff, a communications director and a scheduler.
From Daily Caller:
An analysis of White House salary data reveals that President Donald Trump’s administration is spending $5 million less of taxpayer money on his staff than his predecessor.
Trump employs 377 people at the White House, with a total of $35.8 million, while former President Barack Obama paid $40.9 million for 476 employees in 2015, according to data analyzed by Open The Books.
Another key difference between the Obama and Trump White House is the first lady’s staff. Michelle Obama retained 24 staffers in the first year of the Obama White House. Melania Trump currently employs four — a chief of staff who is also listed as advisor to the president, a deputy chief of staff, a communications director, and a scheduler.
“Projected four-year savings on the White House payroll could top $22 million,” Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of Open The Books, writes for Forbes. Those projected savings include Trump’s promise to accept one dollar in salary and give the remainder back to the U.S. Treasury.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, both advisors to the president, are not accepting any salary. Most top White House staff, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Omarosa Manigault, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, and 17 others make $179,000 annually.
President Trump has also saved money by discontinuing Obama’s habit of appointing many “czars” for special initiatives.
While in the light of the whole budget, that’s not a huge amount, it demonstrates an early commitment to keeping his promise to cut staff and to adhering to the main theme of Trump’s presidency, being economically smart.