The former First Lady decided to stay in Manhattan, New York, for the first five months of her husband’s presidency. Then Donald and Melania Trump racked up security costs of $600 million £423m and formed an unfamiliar “protection price tag”.
According to The Mercury News report that forced up costs for security agents, along with Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago and his sons’ international business ventures, Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig said “the couple’s penthouse in New York created a security challenge “unlike any the Secret Service had ever faced before”.
She wrote in the new book Zero Fail that: “Assessing and shielding the Trump family’s three-story penthouse apartment from attacks created a protection price tag unlike any other the Service had encountered.”
According to the 2020 biography, The Art of Her Deal by Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan, Melania wanted to use the five-month delay to renegotiate her prenuptial contract with Trump.
In total, agents had to offer security for 18 of Trump’s family members, Leonnig claims. After leaving the White House, he increased secret service protection to 13 family members for six months.