Arts, education and research programs, subject to harsh cuts under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, could be salvaged if his wife and youngest son moved into the White House.
First lady Melania Trump and 10-year-old Barron currently reside in the president’s Manhattan high-rise Trump Tower. Security for the pair averages about $136,000 daily, according to the New York Police Department.
Sources close to Melania Trump said mother and son will stay put in New York City until Barron’s school year ends in June. By then, security expenditures could total around $18.2 million, the Independent reported. If they don’t move to D.C., which has been rumored, taxpayers will have paid $46.9 million by the end of the year.
While the president’s proposed budget eliminates funding for 19 agencies, and significantly reduces federal funds for many more, here are five agencies that could use the tax dollars that could be saved if mother and son moved into the White House:
1. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars ($11 million)
This independent program set up by Congress under the Smithsonian Institute in 1968provides scholarships and fellowships to individuals working in policy, national and global affairs, arts and sciences.
Its past projects have included researching polar ice melts, training and mentoring leaders in Central Africa and advancements in nanotechnology.
2.U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness ($4 million)
An independent agency that coordinates federal efforts to reduce homelessness.
3. Minority Business Development Agency ($36 million)
Under the Department of Commerce, this federal agency fosters growth of minority-owned businesses, specifically Latino, Asian and African-American businesses, by providing capital, consulting and access to global and national markets.
4. Teacher Quality Partnership ($43 million)
Organized by the Department of Education, this partnership provides training and recruitment grants, especially to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers.
5. National Wildlife Refugee Fund ($13.2 million)
This Department of the Interior fund distributes revenues made by the Fish and Wildlife Service to wildlife refugees in counties around the nation.