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Melania Trump cuts the bloated Michele Obama bloated budget

Melania Trump

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. FLOTUS is slashing the bloated budget of the bloated Michelle Obama. Below are the salaries of Melania Trump verses Michelle Obama.

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.

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This year, just four people were listed working for Melania Trump as of June. Their salaries totaled $486,700.

Melania Trump staff salaries

Lindsay B. Reynolds — $179,700.00 — assistant to the president and chief of staff to the first lady
Stephanie A. Grisham — $115,000.00 – special assistant to the president and director of communications for the first lady
Timothy G. Tripepi — $115,000.00 – special assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff of operations for the first lady
Mary‐Kathryn Fisher — $77,000.00 – deputy director of advance for the first lady

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.”

Melania Trump has brought class back into the first lady position. The fact that she is also cutting the budget of the bloated Michelle Obama is proof she respects the American taxpayer. It is pretty much a lock that the Trumps will not be spending 100 million taxpayer dollars on lavish vacations for them and their posse as the Obama’s did. So Melania Trump like her husband are doing there best to “Make America Great Again.”

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