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As First Lady, Michelle Obama spent money on her staff like a queen. Now compare Melania Trump’s spending

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The royal court that represented former first lady Michelle Obama’s staff has been slashed under current first lady Melania Trump to resemble more of a game of bridge.

Mrs. Trump has a quarter of the staff that Mrs. Obama had in a comparison of their first year in the White House, resulting in “one of the leanest East Wing operations in recent history,” according to Fox News.

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With a staff of just four people, costing taxpayers $486,700, the current first lady trumps Michelle Obama’s bloated staff of 16 people. Compared to salaries totaling $1.24 million under her predecessor, Melania Trump is saving taxpayers $750,000.

There are additional staffers other than those attributed to the “first lady” in White House personnel reports, but Trump still has less, nine compared to 24, Fox News reported.

Getty First Lady Michelle Obama
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Stephanie Grishamis, communications director for the first lady, said the smaller staff is by design and that Mrs. Trump aspires to be “responsible” with taxpayer’s money.

“As with all things that she does, she is being very deliberate in her hiring, focusing on quality over quantity,” Grisham told Fox News in an email. “It is important to her that the team is a good fit for what she wants to accomplish as first lady, and that everyone works well together. She also wants to be mindful and responsible when it comes to taxpayer money.”

Interestingly, the reaction on social media seemed to evolve around the use of the term “bloated”… here’s a small sampling of responses from Twitter:


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