New York City Seeks Up To $35 Million For Trump-Related Security Costs

New York City Seeks Up To $35 Million For Trump-Related Security Costs

Donald Trump will swear-in as the 45th President of US in January.

NEW YORK: New York City is asking the US government for up to $35 million to cover security costs related to President-elect Donald Trump, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.

Mr Trump has spent the majority of his time since Election Day in his apartment at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, forcing police to work with the US Secret Service to provide intensified security measures in one of the city’s busiest neighborhoods.

The situation is “truly unusual,” Mr de Blasio said at a Monday news conference.

Mr Trump has used the skyscraper for years as his primary residence and the headquarters of his global business empire. His presence there since the November 8 election has caused traffic jams and frustrated both commuters and tourists alike.

Mr De Blasio said he would send President Barack Obama a letter on Monday asking for federal funds to pay for security costs through January 20, when Mr Trump is to take the oath of office in Washington, DC, and become the 45th US president.

The mayor also said he will meet with members of the Obama administration and US lawmakers this week to press his case.

After the inauguration, Mr de Blasio said he would work with the Trump administration to ensure the city is properly reimbursed for security related to Trump Tower. He has already spoken with Mr Trump’s nominee for US treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, about the matter.


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