Trump claims he’s avoiding New York City because his trips are “too expensive” for the country.
Trump says he’s always accused of “having fun” or playing golf at his clubs but says he’s always working.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump said he feels “guilty” when he returns to Trump Tower in New York City because authorities close surrounding streets and “I hate to see the New Yorkers with streets closed.” He says he goes to one of the Trump Golf Clubs instead because they have “hundreds of acres” and streets stay open.
Trump says he’s always accused of “having fun” or playing golf at his clubs but says he’s always working. Aside from photos on social media, the White House rarely acknowledges when Trump plays golf.
The New York police department estimates that it costs $127,000 to $146,000 a day to protect Melania Trump even when Trump is not there. Otherwise, the NYPD estimates it costs about $308,000 a day. These estimates do not include Secret Service protection.
New York City residents have not been reimbursed yet for the full cost of protecting Trump’s office building in New York since the election, which has cost New York City millions of dollars in police overtime and other costs.