NYPD Official: Trump Security Costs ‘Not Fair’ to New York City
NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller believes that the security costs of protecting Donald Trump are unfair to the city.
The Hill reports:
The New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism on Sunday blasted Congress for failing to cover the costs to protect President-elect Donald Trump.
“We went down to Washington and we described those costs to our congressional delegation from New York. They got it immediately. But Congress has failed to pass a budget again,” John Miller told John Catsimatidis in an interview that aired on AM 970 in New York.
“And to get funding for this, they had a continuing resolution. We asked them to add $35 million to reimburse New York City for [Trump’s security]. They came up with a figure of $7 million, which covers a piece of the overtime but not the rest of it.”
Miller said the city was “obviously disappointed.”
“But we’ll be back and we’ll lay that problem out again,” he said.
“But it’s not fair to New York City because … this is an unfunded federal mandate,” he said.
Miller said the city understands it needs to protect the president-elect.
“But to ask a city to eat that cost for about three months isn’t fair to New York and it’s not fair to New Yorkers,” he said.
“This is their tax dollars pouring into the federal government instead of the other way around after they’ve already paid the federal government.”
Miller said the city won’t know the long-term costs of protecting the president-elect until he assumes office.
“We really won’t be able to gauge the long-term costs, John, until we know: Is he coming home every weekend?” Miller said.
“Is he stopping in on week nights? Is he taking vacations here?”
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