You won’t find this story in any of the lefty media sources because it’s a win for the American taxpayers! We’re so lucky to have Melania Trump as first lady for so many reasons but also because she’s hired a streamlined staff that costs the taxpayers much less than when Michelle Obama was in the White House. She runs one of the leanest East Wing operations in recent history…
It’s shocking to know that Michelle Obama had a staff of 16 and a total of 24 working for her! You have to ask yourself why she needed 24 people to work for her:
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.
It’s ironic that the number of staff reflects the policy of each administration. In fact, the Trump administration is on record as one of the leanest administrations:
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.
Fox News reports:
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. This year, just four people were listed working for Melania Trump as of June. Their salaries totaled $486,700.
The details are contained in an annual report the White House sends to Congress showing the names, positions and salaries of all its personnel:
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
Source: June 2017 report to Congress on White House personnel
MICHELLE OBAMA – 24 EMPLOYEES….MELANIA TRUMP – 9 EMPLOYEES
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.
THE APPROACH 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.”
AREN’T WE LUCKY!