Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 20th, 2017
Melania Trump has fully embraced the role of First Lady, and despite being active and in the public eye more than her predecessor, she is running a lean machine in the White House. One of the least expensive in recent history.
According to a Fox News analysis of White House personnel reports, Melania Trump slashed the number on her staff to a mere 9 assistants, compared to Michelle Obama’s 24 personal servants.
While Michelle Obama was blazing through taxpayer dollars at the tune of $1,240,000 a year, Melania’s entire staff is costing a meager $486,000 in comparison.
The details are contained in an annual report the White House sends to Congress showing the names, positions and salaries of all its personnel.
Consider the number comparison. 24 for Michelle Obama and nine for Melania Trump.
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.”
While the 2009 annual report listed 16 staffers for Michelle Obama, her press secretary said at the time the staff actually included 24 people. A 2009 FactCheck.org story said Obama’s 24 aides might have broken records.
“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,” FactCheck.org said.
Grisham told Fox News this week there are nine people working in the East Wing under Melania Trump, a few more than listed in the annual report.
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.
The first lady’s office isn’t the only place in the White House where the Trump administration has trimmed staff positions. When the White House personnel report was released in June, Forbes reported 110 fewer employees under Donald Trump than Barack Obama and said the projected four-year savings resulting from the cuts could be more than $22 million.
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