Here Are Some Of The Government-Funded Perks Trump Could Get After Leaving Office

The government helps former presidents set up an office after becoming private citizens, footing the bill for “suitable office space” and handing them up to $150,000 per year to pay office staff in their first 30 months after leaving the White House (their staffing budget sinks to $96,000 a year after that), under the Former Presidents Act.

At least three former White House staffers plan on joining Trump’s office, Politico reported Wednesday: assistants Molly Michael and Beau Harrison and press aide Margo Martin (they could not be reached for comment).

Security might be an ex-president’s priciest perk: Trump and his wife Melania are entitled to Secret Service protection for the rest of their lives, an expense that cost millions per year when he was in office, and Trump opted to extend taxpayer-funded Secret Service details for his adult children for the next six months, the Washington Post reported.

Most presidential libraries are built using private donations and then operated by the taxpayer-funded National Archives and Records Administration, though Trump’s plans for an official library and museum remain unclear.


$3.85 million. That’s the total amount of money budgeted for former presidents’ expenses in the 2020 fiscal year, not including security, according to records from the General Services Administration. That figure includes pensions, staffers’ salaries, printing services and other office expenses for every former president.


Before departing Washington for his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, Wednesday morning, Trump vowed to his supporters, “we will be back in some form.” His exact post-presidency ambitions remain unclear. Beyond operating a modest government-funded office, he could return to the helm of the Trump Organization after handing day-to-day control to his adult sons in 2017, but the business faces headwinds. Trump currently has at least $1 billion of debt per Forbes’ estimates, and after a mob of his supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol building two weeks ago, a few companies declared their unwillingness to continue doing business with him. The Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment.

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