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.
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.
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:
In fairness “bloated” is a misplaced modifier in this headline. It should refer to “payroll.” https://t.co/jC53vIJQFL
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 20, 2017
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) October 21, 2017
— Bradley Scott 🙏🇺🇸 (@Hoosiers1986) October 20, 2017
Do we get to see the bloated list of names & salaries? https://t.co/kCMmoAhwZB
— Trooper JB (@TprJB1138) October 21, 2017
Finally people in the WH who respect the fact the ALL gov money comes from working Americans and should be handled responsibly.
— DPeck (@multigun1) October 20, 2017
You guys will be the only ones to report this. If Melania’s payroll went up, it’d be all over the news!!
— Lisa Ebert-Powell (@RunninGirrL) October 20, 2017
Do all news stories editorialize in their headlines? “Bloated” is a subjective term. They report, they decide?
— John Louis Meeks, Jr (@johnmeeks1974) October 21, 2017
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