First Lady Melania Trump is running a very tightly budgeted and lightly staffed operation — all the while taking on a more active role in her new position as a world leader.
This is a refreshing turn, because in recent history most of the first ladies have had a very extensive staff.
‘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,’ reports Fox News.
Former President Barack Obama’s first year in office, Michelle had a staff of 16 people employed at a cost of $1.24 million a year.
Compare that to Melania, who only has 4 people working for her at a total cost of $486,700.
Talk about a big difference.
And in fact, the 2009 annual report lists only 16 staffers for Obama, but the then-first lady’s press secretary said 24 people were actually on her staff.
FactCheck.org confirmed the story and 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,” reported FactCheck.org.
‘[Melania’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,’ reports Fox News.