Melania Trump and her son, Barron Trump, currently live in Trump Tower in New York. However, they reportedly planned to move into the white house as soon as Barron finishes school this year.
According to the white house, “Mrs. Trump will be moving to D.C. and settling into the White House at the end of the school year, splitting her time between New York and D.C. in the meantime. Mrs. Trump is honored to serve this country and is taking the role and responsibilities of the First Lady very seriously.”
Meanwhile, large number of people are supporting the online petition asking that the first lady should move into the white house in order to alleviate the cost of money, which is being shouldered by taxpayers to protect her and her son in a separate residence.
New York City officials have estimated the cost of protecting Melania and Barron Trump to be between $127,000 and $146,000 per day.
The petition in change.org is seeking that the first lady either move to the white house or pay for her security costs while living in New York City. The petition reads:
The U.S. taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City. As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded.
Actually, more than 200,000 people have signed the online petition so far and it is already above the number of signatories required for the white house to look into the issue.
Some people are wondering whether Melania Trump even has the right to live in Trump Tower as long as she is the first lady of the United States (FLOTUS).
Up till now, all previous first ladies have lived in the white house together with the presidents. Although President Trump who is often in his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida has referred to it as the second white house, that does not make it official white house.
Given the fact that the president family travels also cost millions, it is actually wise for the family to live in the white house. After all, Barron can easy change his school.