Melania Trump Fights Big Government Legacy of Obama

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

While she doesn’t have a lot of power relative to the size of the federal budget, Melania Trump does her part.

Melania Trump has massively reduced her budget from what she inherited from Michelle Obama. Some are already floating the excuse that Michelle Obama had a “bigger agenda” with her “Let’s Move” campaign. But that just demonstrates that big intrusive government agendas are an excuse to waste money. People who claim to want to help the peasants usually think they deserve to rule them from palaces.

Fox News reports, “Melania Trump cuts bloated first lady payroll from Michelle Obama days.

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.

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. 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.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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