The Obama administration was infamous for racking up more debt than any president in US history, and reaching their tentacles into every aspect of our government. So when Melania Trump just found a nasty leftover from Michelle’s reign, she decided to put an end to it.
According to a Fox News analysis of White House personnel reports, Michelle Obama had a whopping 16 people working for her during the first year of Barack Obama’s term. Their total salaries end up costing taxpayers $1.24 million dollars a year, which adds up to roughly $10 million over Obama’s two year term.
However, according to Michelle Obama’s press secretary, it may have been even more than that. While the 2009 annual report listed 16 staffers for Michelle Obama, sources close to her have revealed that the staff actually included 24 people—meaning that she cost us even more than $10 million.
After Melania Trump found out about these nasty leftover staffers, she immediately decided to put an end to it. Despite Melania Trump being far more active in our community than Michelle Obama, she’s managed to cut down her staff to just four people—and in the process she’s saving us millions.
Fox News reports:
Melania Trump is embracing a more active and public schedule as first lady – but she still runs one of the leanest East Wing operations in recent history.
According to a Fox News analysis of White House personnel reports, Melania Trump has significantly reduced the number of aides on the first lady’s office payroll in comparison to her predecessor, Michelle Obama.
During then-President Barack Obama’s first year in office, 16 people were listed working for Michelle Obama, earning a combined $1.24 million a year. This year, just four people were listed working for Melania Trump as of June. Their salaries totaled $486,700.
The details are contained in an annual report the White House sends to Congress showing the names, positions and salaries of all its personnel. Both the Obama and Trump administrations acknowledged several additional staffers beyond those listed in the report with the term “first lady” in their titles. But even counting all those employees — 24 for Michelle Obama and nine for the current first lady — Melania Trump’s office is relatively small.
It’s an approach her spokeswoman says is intentional.
“As with all things that she does, she is being very deliberate in her hiring, focusing on quality over quantity,” communications director Stephanie Grisham said in an email. “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.”
This isn’t the only place in the White House where the Trump administration has cut down on costs, however. In June of 2017, Forbes reported 110 fewer employees under President Trump than Barack Obama, saving taxpayers a whopping $22 million in just his first term.
So far, President Trump’s administration has also drastically sliced our deficit spending, in an attempt to make America great again and renew our once booming economy. By the end of his second term, many are projecting that we may even reach never-before-seen levels of prosperity.