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Melania Trump Slims Down First Lady's Office Payroll from Michelle Obama's Tenure

Melania Trump Slims Down First Lady's Office Payroll from Michelle Obama's Tenure

Melania Trump kept her style simple as she parted ways with her Inaugural ball gown at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., Friday.

The Smithsonian says the First Ladies Collection has been one of its most popular attractions for more than a century.

Grisham said that the East Wing under Melania employs nine staffers, including a chief of staff, a communications director, a deputy chief of staff, and a deputy director of advance. "I have had a passion for design from a very young age and had a very precise idea of what I wanted for such an historic evening".

In contrast, only four people were listed on Melania Trump's payroll as of June, with salaries totaling $486,700, according to the White House's annual staffing report to Congress. It is unclear how much she pays for the additional five aides serving on her team, or whether those salaries come out of a different budget.

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The first ladies exhibition encourages visitors to the museum to consider the changing role played by the First Lady and American women over the past 200 years. However, both the Trump and Obama administrations have acknowledged that there are several staffers that work for the First Lady that are not included in official numbers. Her donation followed a longstanding tradition of first ladies giving their inaugural dresses to the institution.

If it was indeed 24 staffers, a 2009 FactCheck.org story claimed it could be a record for first lady aides.

Michelle Obama's office did not return Fox News's request for comment.


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