Mayor Bill de Blasio requested $35 million in federal funds to protect Trump Tower through inauguration day. Instead, Congress is proposing a fifth of that: $7 million.
“New York City taxpayers should not be on the hook for 80 percent of the national bill” to protect President-elect Donald Trump and his family, de Blasio said in a statement Wednesday.
In an interview with radio station WNYC, de Blasio said the city would keep pursuing the money in future rounds of federal spending legislation.
Since Trump won the Nov. 8 election, security around the eponymous Manhattan skyscraper where he lives and works has been stepped up to extraordinary levels. The New York Police Department has played a major role, along with the Secret Service and Trump’s private security personnel.
The Fifth Avenue tower is safeguarded by police officers armed with assault weapons, bomb-sniffing dogs and concrete barriers. Police have closed some traffic lanes, barricaded the block where Trump Tower residents have a private entrance, and set up checkpoints manned by officers in guard booths.