Last week, the Trump Administration released its annual report on White House Office Personnel, which includes data on the salaries of all 300+ White House employees. The projected four-year savings on the payroll is close to $20 million — which is perhaps a sign that President Trump is serious about finding cuts throughout the federal government.
As Adam Andrzejewski highlighted in a recent op-ed, Trump’s White House has over 100 fewer employees than Obama’s White House in his first year in office. Additionally, First Lady Melania Trump has only five staffers dedicated to her, while First Lady Michelle Obama had employed 24 staffers.
Part of the savings also stem from President Trump — along with Ivanka Trump (First Daughter and Advisor to the President) and Jared Kushner (Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor) — forgoing a salary. Because the President is required to receive a salary, President Trump decided to donate his pay to the Department of Interior for both the construction and repair of military cemeteries.
The White House Office Personnel is only a tiny morsel of the overall budget, but the fact that President Trump is willing to make cuts is encouraging leadership on his part. Fiscal conservatives can hope that this will lead other departments to find ways to save taxpayer money in their own offices and promote fiscal restraint across all sectors of the federal government.