Whenever one steps into a role or a job that was carved out by a predecessor, there are changes that will be inevitably made for the good of the position.
From the way an American ditch digger stacks the shovels in his pickup trick, all the way up to the snootiest executive chefs in Michelin Star restaurants, Americans have a unique way of making something their own every time they rise to a challenge.
When it comes to Washington D.C., those changes can be absolutely enormous, as we have all witnessed when the swamp-draining Donald Trump set foot into the White House back in January.
And he isn’t the only one shaking things up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue either.
According to new reports, First Lady Melania Trump is molding the role of First Lady into her own image; that of a kind, compassionate, and fiscally responsible woman of power.
“Melania Trump is embracing a more active and public schedule as first lady – but she still runs one of the leanest East Wing operations in recent history.
“According to a Fox News analysis of White House personnel reports, Melania Trump has significantly reduced the number of aides on the first lady’s office payroll in comparison to her predecessor, Michelle Obama.
“During then-President Barack Obama’s first year in office, 16 people were listed working for Michelle Obama, earning a combined $1.24 million a year.
“This year, just four people were listed working for Melania Trump as of June. Their salaries totaled $486,700.
“The details are contained in an annual report the White House sends to Congress showing the names, positions and salaries of all its personnel. Both the Obama and Trump administrations acknowledged several additional staffers beyond those listed in the report with the term “first lady” in their titles. But even counting all those employees — 24 for Michelle Obama and nine for the current first lady — Melania Trump’s office is relatively small.
“It’s an approach her spokeswoman says is intentional.”
A smaller version of our current governmental system is absolutely intrinsic to Donald Trump’s vision of the American future, and it is an encouraging sign to see that the First Lady natural embraces the same money-saving philosophies.
Of course, coming from the business-minded background that the Trumps do, it comes as little to no surprise that the economy, both outside and inside the Beltway and White House is booming.
- Lindsay B. Reynolds — $179,700.00 — assistant to the president and chief of staff to the first lady
- Stephanie A. Grisham — $115,000.00 – special assistant to the president and director of communications for the first lady
- Timothy G. Tripepi — $115,000.00 – special assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff of operations for the first lady
- Mary‐Kathryn Fisher — $77,000.00 – deputy director of advance for the first lady
- Source: June 2017 report to Congress on White House personnel
- Susan S. Sher — $172,200.00 — assistant to the president and chief of staff to the first lady
- Jocelyn C. Frye — $140,000.00 — deputy assistant to the president and director of policy and projects for the first lady
- Camille Y. Johnston — $102,000.00 – special assistant to the president and director of communications for the first lady
- Melissa E. Winter — $102,000.00 – special assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff to the first lady
- David S. Medina — $90,000.00 – deputy chief of staff to the first lady
- Catherine M. Lelyveld — $84,000.00 director and press secretary to the first lady
- Frances M. Starkey — $75,000.00 – director of scheduling and advance for the first lady
- Trooper Sanders — $70,000.00 — deputy director of policy and projects for the first lady
- Jennifer R. Goodman — $62,000.00 – deputy director of scheduling and events coordinator for the first lady
- Alan Fitts — $60,000.00 – deputy director of advance and trip director for the first lady
- Dana M. Lewis — $60,000.00 – special assistant and personal aide to the first lady
- Semonti M. Mustaphi — $52,500.00 – associate director and deputy press secretary to the first lady
- Kristen E. Jarvis — $50,000.00 – special assistant for scheduling and traveling aide to the first lady
- Tyler A. Lechtenberg — $45,000.00 – associate director of correspondence for the first lady
- Joseph J. Boswell — $40,000.00 – executive assistant to the chief of staff to the first lady
- Deilia A. Jackson — $36,000.00 – deputy associate director of correspondence for the first lady
- Source: July 2009 report to Congress on White House personnel
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