First Lady Has Dramatically Reduced The Costs Of Her Office
While there has been plenty of criticism dished out towards the Trump administration, praise has been relatively scant and relegated to right-leaning corners of the news spectrum. However, there have been some praiseworthy things that both sides of the aisle should be able to get behind without issue.
One of them stems from the fact that President Donald Trump has pledged to reduce waste while being mindful of how taxpayers’ dollars are spent. We have another example of that, and this one comes from the office of the First Lady.
As Fox News shares, First Lady Melania Trump has slashed the payroll and number of staffers in comparison to her predecessor, former First Lady Michelle Obama. So how much are we talking about?
Reports indicate that Melania is getting things done with just nine people, while Michelle reportedly had as many as 24 during her time in office. In terms of dollars, key folks in the office of the First Lady are currently being compensated to the tune of $486,700, while the number during Michelle’s first year in office was $1.24 million.
That’s an eye-popping difference, to say the least. Stephanie Grisham, communications director for FLOTUS, offered up some additional clarity on things in an emailed statement.
“As with all things that she does, she is being very deliberate in her hiring, focusing on quality over quantity. 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,” Grisham wrote. “She also wants to be mindful and responsible when it comes to taxpayer money.”
Regardless of partisan leanings, it’s pretty hard to throw shade on practices of this nature. There has been a blind eye turned to government waste for far too long, and it’s encouraging to see it finally being dealt with.
That being said, critics have been quick to point out that Melania is not exactly the most active First Lady in terms of initiatives. It’s also noted that she spent the first part of her husband’s term back in New York City so that Barron Trump could finish out the school year.
“She is more like a Pat Nixon or a Bess Truman than a Hillary Clinton or a Michelle Obama,” notes Andrew Och, a first lady historian that served as a producer for the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.”
That may be part of the cost savings in terms of her office, and we’ll have to wait and see if Melania both becomes more active and increases staffing as she moves along. Either way, savings need to be celebrated and encouraged.
It’s hard to see how even the most jaded political observer should find a way to take issue with cleaning up government waste by being mindful about expenses. That’s the way things should have always been run in the nation’s capital. Sadly, they haven’t been.