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Protecting Trump: NYC, Palm Beach want millions in reimbursement

President Donald Trump and his family's travels have mounted to some heft bills for taxpayers. (Source: CNN) President Donald Trump and his family's travels have mounted to some heft bills for taxpayers. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) - What price are American taxpayers having to pay to help protect the president and his family of frequent travelers?

The cost is enough that officials in both New York City and Palm Beach, FL, are asking for their money back. It's costing both jurisdictions millions of dollars to protect President Donald Trump, his family and properties.

In a letter to New York congressmen last month, NYPD commissioner James O'Neal wrote, "funding will be critical to ensure New York City can allocate the personnel and resources that are necessary to keep the city and all its residents safe."

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio called it unprecedented.

"We have never had a situation where a President of the United States would be here on such a regular basis," DeBlasio said.

During the transition period from Election Day to inauguration, O'Neal said the cost of securing Trump Tower, which served both as Trump's home and office, and the area around it added up to $24 million.

In Florida, Palm Beach County officials said they spend an estimated $60,000 in overtime every day Trump spends at his Mar-a-Lago resort just on protecting the president.

That's bill local taxpayers will have to pay if the federal government or Trump himself doesn't reimburse the county for the cost.

Supporters of the president say the trips to Mar-a-Lago are spent working, even called the beachside mansion the "Winter House House."

Criticism of those trips are not uncommon for presidents, and Trump himself lobbed several remarks at former President Barack Obama for time spent away from Washington.

In 2011, Trump tweeted, "The habitual vacationer, Barack Obama, is now in Hawaii. This vacation is costing taxpayers $4 million."

Trump's frequent vacations to the seaside estate bely his own promise to stay in Washington and work. He told The Hill during the campaign, "I would rarely leave the White House because there's so much work to be done."

So far, Trump has spent more than a quarter of his time in office at Mar-a-Lago, and is there again this weekend.

The Trumps present other challenges, as well. There are more moving parts for the Secret Service when it comes to the first family. Trump has multiple homes, his adult children frequently travel and his wife, Melania, and their son, Barron, live in New York City.

NYPD said that decision costs them up to $146,000 per day.

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