Half-a-million petitioners demand Melania Trump move to the White House
File photo of US First Lady Melania Trump. . Photograph: (Zee News Network)
United States President Donald Trump's wife Melania is under increasing pressure to move the White House, after half a million people signed a petition citing that the security costs to keep her at Trump Tower in New York were too "exorbitant".
Melania has continued to stay in New York with her Barron despite Donald Trump assuming office in Washington more than two months back.
The petitioners say Melania should either move to the White House or pay for her own security, United Kingdon-based newspaper Independent reported.
A New York Police Department letter stated that the security costs ranged between $127,000 to $146,000 a day -- an amount that is being paid from taxpayers' money.
The petition states: “The US taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City. As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded.”
The petition had initially aimed to garner signatures from 150,000 people but the movement has snowballed more than threefold.
The petition will be sent to the US Senate as well as Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
People who backed the movement widely criticised the Trump family's extravagant lifestyle.
The 70-year-old president's spate of golf vacations has also come under public scrutiny. Trump has taken 12 such vacations ever since he took over the White House eleven weeks back. Each trip of his costs the taxpayers around $3 million, according to Politico.
In comparison, the previous president Barack Obama's vacation cost taxpayers $12.1 million per year, a Forbes report stated.