According to the staff salary report submitted by the Trump administration Friday, they are spending way less on salaries than the Obama administration.
According to the government watchdog Open the Books, President Trump’s 2017 salaries are decreased by 5.1 million in comparison to Obama’s 2015 payroll. The watchdog organization expects total federal savings up to $22 million in the next four years.
Many factors contribute to the savings, like significant reductions in policy czars, expensive fellowship programs and staff for the first lady, according to the watchdog group.
Today, there are 110 fewer staffers in the Trump’s White House than Obama’s.
In 2009 Michelle Obama’s employees were 24 that was the largest of any first lady, more the Hillary Clinton employees of 19 and Laura Bush’s 18.
Melania Trump now has only 5 staffers, whose annual salaries go from $77,000 to $179,700.
President Obama started his presidency by hiring expensive special initiative czars. Like, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle earned $158,000 a year, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Carol Browner earned $172,000 a year, and White House Director of Urban Affairs Adolfo Carrion Jr. earned $158,500 a year.
Trump’s White House has no so-called “czars”, according to Open the Books.
Obama’s White House Leadership Development Fellowship program also came at a high cost. Fellowship candidate Elaine Ho had a salary of $158,700 for working with the first lady’s office to implement Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative.
Two “directors” who were on the payroll for President Obama’s fellowship program had salaries of $120,000 and $60,876.
Trump also donated his presidential salary to the Department of Interior for use at military cemeteries in the first quarter of 2017.
First daughter Ivanka Trump, a special adviser to the president, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, have also refused to take a salary.
Obama’s staff of 472 in 2016 earned a median salary of $73,051.
Trump’s staff of 377 in 2017 are earning a median salary of $89,000.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in an email to the NPR that the lean staffing is proof the Trump administration is “trying to give taxpayers the best return,” saying that it’s a practice they want to enact “throughout all government.”
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