Trump’s Lean White House Payroll Saves Taxpayers $22 Million

President Obama’s payroll was much larger, exceeding $40.9 million with 477 staffers.

 Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump Administration has released its Annual Report  on White House Office Personnel to Congress. And yes, the Trump White House workforce is running  20% leaner than that of of President Barack Obama during the same point in their presidencies.

President Trump’s White House payroll has 95 fewer staffers than Barack Obama at the same point in their presidencies.

Payroll data, including employees names, status, salary, and position show 374 White House employees under President Trump as of June 30, 2018, confirming that the Trump White House payroll has been a leading indicator of his commitment to “do more, with less.”

In the first few weeks of his presidency, Trump issued an order mandating an Executive Agency hiring freeze.

Search the recent Trump Administration — compared to the Obama Administration’s 2012 through 2016 payroll data posted at — and you’ll find that over the past 12 months, President Donald Trump was able to shrink the head count by three employees.

Not only did President Trump maintain a lean staff, but he cut the total White House payroll from $35.7 million in 2017 to $35.2 million, while further honing the books.

  • In FY 2015, Barack Obama’s payroll was much larger, exceeding $40.9 million with 477 staffers.
  • In 2018, President Trump’s White House shrunk payroll by three employees.

Leading by example, Trump has saved taxpayers over $11 million, and the projected four-year savings could easily top $22 million.

The payroll discounts come from Trump’s refusal to take a salary, as well as big reductions in other areas including the absence of czars, expensive “fellows,” as well as spending on First Lady of The United States (FLOTUS) staff.

Here are some key findings:

  • There are 95 fewer employees on the White House Staff under President Trump than under President Barack Obama at this point in their respective presidencies.
  • In 2010, President Obama had 469 employees, who were paid $38.8 million – adjusting for inflation.
  • The payroll cost more than $43 million.
  • There have been $5.7 million in annual payroll savings compared to the Obama 2015 payroll.
  • In 2018, the Trump Administration payroll amounts to $35.2 million for 374 employees.
  • In 2015, the Obama payroll amounted to $40.9 million for 476 employees, not adjusting for inflation.

Ten staffers are dedicated to the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). In 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama paid her 24 staffers $1.6 million collectively.

The most highly compensated White House employees under President Trump are 23 assistants to the president, who earn salaries of $179,700. This year’s list includes names such as:

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Press Secretary)
  • John Bolton (National Security Advisor)
  • John Kelly (Chief of Staff)
  • Lawrence Kudlow (Economic Advisor)
  • Steve Miller (Policy Advisor), and
  • Kellyanne Conway (Senior Counselor

While the media highlights Trump’s legal problems, White House payroll shows no evidence that the president is using taxpayer dollars to lawyer up. In fact, the number of lawyers or legal counsel on staff remained roughly the same at 32 in 2018, versus 33 last year.

Starting in 2009, President Obama came under fire for hiring special “lnitiative Czars”. During Trump’s first two years in office, no evidence of czars on the White House payroll were found.

While on the campaign trail, Trump vowed to forego his paycheck. Article II of the U.S. Constitution, however, mandate a presidential salary.

Trump has donated his quarterly portion of the $400,000 presidential salary to the Department of Interior, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, Department of Health & Human Services, and most recently the Department of Veterans Affairs.

While the White House personnel budget is an infinitesimal part of the $3.9 trillion Federal Budget, it is an important forecaster showing Trump’s deep commitment to cut the size, scope and power of the federal government, while reigning in waste.

Source: Texas Politics

Trump’s Lean White House Payroll Saves Taxpayers $22 Million

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