It’s not costing as much for Melania Trump to assume the role of first lady as it did with Michelle Obama. According to a Fox News report, Trump has cut the budget in half by not being surrounded by needless aides.
In the analysis done of White House personnel, Mrs. Obama had 16 employees in her first year in office. Their salaries totaled $1.24 million. That does not include other aides that worked for her, which brings the grand total to 24. According to FactCheck.org, that could be a record: “That may indeed be the largest of any first lady, but Hillary Clinton, with 19 staffers, and Laura Bush with at least 18 and perhaps more, weren’t far behind.”
So far, Mrs. Trump has just four people working in her office, making a combined $486,700 in salaries. Adding in her extra aides, Trump has a grand total of nine working for her — 15 less than the former first lady.
“As with all things that she does, [Mrs. Trump] is being very deliberate in her hiring, focusing on quality over quantity,” said communications director Stephanie Grisham. “It is important to her that the team is a good fit for what she wants to accomplish as first lady, and that everyone works well together. She also wants to be mindful and responsible when it comes to taxpayer money.”
Fox News provided a few details about the differences in both women’s staff:
According to those personnel reports, Melania Trump’s staffers include a chief of staff, a communications director, a deputy chief of staff and a deputy director of advance.
Michelle Obama’s staff included those same positions and a slew of others: additional press aides, a director of policy and projects, a personal aide, a traveling aide and a director of correspondence.
Michelle Obama’s office did not return a request for comment.
Though Mrs. Trump initially entered her life as first lady by keeping her promise that she would stay behind in New York City while their son, Barron, finished the school year, she has increased her work load since and yet, she’s still not picking over your child’s school lunch, taking away sugary snacks, and generally making their lives miserable. The first lady has been giving away books to children and visiting children’s hospitals and the victims of the Las Vegas shooting among other things.
Like his wife, President Trump has also cut his White House staff and it looks much different than the previous occupant. There are “110 fewer employees under Donald Trump than Barack Obama and… the projected four-year savings resulting from the cuts could be more than $22 million,” according to Forbes.
Not to mention he doesn’t take his presidential salary. Score.