If you want to understand why President Trump continues to enjoy the support of almost everyone who voted for him in November 2016, then you only need to read the latest report in Forbes.
On Friday, the White House released their annual report to Congress on White House Office Personnel. President Trump’s White House has 377 employees, which is more than 100 less than his predecessor. The shorter staff list is yet another example of President Trump’s efforts to streamline our government and reduce wasteful spending. If the more streamlined effort continues for the next 3 years Forbes projects that Trump will have saved the American people over $22 Million! While the number may not have much of an impact on our overall financial health, it continues to demonstrate the seriousness with which the President is attacking our government’s problems of waste and excess.
- There are 110 fewer employees on White House staff under Trump than under Obama at this point in their respective presidencies.
- $5.1 million in payroll savings vs. the Obama FY2015 payroll. In 2017, the Trump payroll amounts to $35.8 million for 377 employees, while the Obama payroll amounted to $40.9 million for 476 employees (FY2015).
- Nineteen fewer staffers are dedicated to The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). Currently, there are five staffers dedicated to Melania Trump vs. 24 staffers who served Michelle Obama (FY2009).
- Counts of the “Assistants to the President” – the most trusted advisors to the president – are the same (22) in both first-year Trump and Obama administrations. In the Trump White House, Steven Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Omarosa Manigault, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer and 17 others make salaries of $179,700. In Obama’s first-year, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and twenty others held the title with top pay of $172,000.
- The highest compensated White House Trump staffer? Mark House, Senior Policy Advisor, has a salary of $187,500. Mr. House is “on detail” from a federal agency which allows him to exceed the top pay-grade of $179,700. In Obama’s Administration (2009), David Marcozzi earned $193,000 “on detail” from Health and Human Services.
That’s not all, as Breitbart points out:
The First Lady’s staff has been cut from 24 staffers to only five. Michelle Obama entered the White House with a staff of 22 costing nearly $2 million annually, up from the $1.4 million spent during the George W. Bush era.
Another area of savings was the elimination of the so-called policy “czars” with which Obama stocked the White House staff. The Trump budget shows not a single “czar” employed for 2017.
Trump also seems to have ended Obama’s shady “fellowship” positions, people responsible for such special programs as Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative and others. Some of these “fellowship” candidates in Obama’s administration made up to $158,000 annually.
Finally, another big savings was Donald Trump’s promise to forego his $569,000 annual Presidential salary (plus extras and amenities).
Reading over the report, it certainly seems that President Obama was spending money simply because he could. Whether by handing off his workload to unelected bureaucrats that he called “czars,” or spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to staff initiatives that could be better run by outside groups, or by paring down the overly excessive staff that former First Lady Michelle Obama enjoyed. (“Paring down” is a kind way to say that the Obama’s staff was bloated with 22 employees seeing to Mrs. Obama’s whims.)
If President Trump tackles the rest of the government’s waste with the kind of seriousness he’s handled the White House’s problems… then this could become a very successful presidency indeed.