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The Hill: Trump's lean payroll could save taxpayers as much as $22M: report

July 2, 2017 12:25 PM
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Trump's lean payroll could save taxpayers as much as $22M: report

BY OLIVIA BEAVERS - 07/02/17 08:43 PM EDT
   
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President Trump could save tax payers as much as $22 million from working with a leaner White House payroll, Forbes Magazine reported Sunday.
 
The piece is written by a contributor who used his nonprofit, OpenTheBooks.com, to assess the savings Trump is projected to have compared to Obama.
 
On Friday, White House released its annual report to Congress detailing the names, statuses and salaries of 377 employees.
 
The findings, according to Forbes, suggest Trump's administration employs 100 fewer staff members than his predecessor, President Barack Obama, which could ultimately yield $5.1 million in payroll savings when compared to fiscal 2015 under Obama.
 
First lady Melania Trump's office is staffed with five staffers, compared to the reported 24 staffers who served Michelle Obama in her first year in 2009. 
 
Both administrations have the same number of top advisers with the title of "Assistants to the President" -- 22. Those who serve under Trump reportedly make almost $8,000 more a year, with a salary of $179,700 compared to Obama's advisers, who received top pay of $172,000 in his first year.
 
The Forbes analysis found that unlike Obama, Trump has not hired "czars" or people who led special initiatives. Obama had dozens of these people in such roles, with some making around or more than $100,000 a year.
 
Two of Trump's key advisors, Gary Cohn and Christopher Liddell, are paid reduced salaries of $30,000, the lowest salaries among all White House staff.
 
Cohn, the director of the White House National Economic Council, formerly served as the president of Goldman Sacks and current director of the White House National Economic Council. Liddell, who serves as the director of Strategic Initiatives in the White House, also formerly served as Microsoft's Chief Financial Officer.
 
Trump repeatedly vowed on the campaign trail to shrink the government. 
 
Trump also said he'll donate his annual salary to the Department of Interior so that it could work on repairs and other needs at military cemeteries. 
 
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