De Blasio to Seek $35 Million for Trump Tower Security Costs

Mayor de Blasio says he's asking the federal government for $35 million to cover costs related to security for President-elect Donald Trump.

De Blasio said Monday the request was made in a letter to President Barack Obama.

The security includes an NYPD detail at Trump Tower, the Fifth Avenue skyscraper where the president-elect lives and works. 

The amount sought by New York City covers security costs between Nov. 8 and Jan. 20.

"We will be continuing very aggressively in the next few days — calls and meetings with members of the Obama administration and Congress — to nail down the reimbursements," the mayor said. “That will be the responsibility of the current administration."

The mayor also says he has called Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin.

It is not clear how much it would cost to protect the president-elect and his family once he moves into the White House after the Jan. 20 inauguration. Trump's wife, Melania Trump, and their son Barron plan to remain in Manhattan until at least the end of the school year. But Trump says he will make frequent trips back to NYC to see his family.

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