Julia Cohen, DCNF
President Donald Trump’s White House expense cuts might save up to $22 million for American taxpayers compared to the Obama administration.
The president refused to take a salary, and also cut spending on first lady Melania Trump’s staff, according to a Forbes report. Melania Trump only has 10 staffers. In contrast, former first lady Michelle Obama had 24 staffers, who were paid a total of $1.6 million in 2009.
There are 95 fewer employees in the White House than there were in former President Barack Obama’s 2010 White House. Trump’s White House cuts have already saved taxpayers $11 million, according to Forbes.
The highest-paid Trump staffers are his 23 “assistants to the president,” or high-level staffers, including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, John Bolton, John Kelly, Larry Kudlow, Steve Miller and Kellyanne Conway. They each make $179,000 annually.
Trump also donates his salary to various U.S. departments and agencies. For example, he donated his fourth-quarter 2017 salary to the Department of Transportation, according to a USA Today article from Feb. 13.