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Trump and Melania's $1.3M government payroll for their aides: President and first lady are still paying 13 staffers between $93K and $183K

 President Donald Trump has spent more than $1.2 million in taxpayer funds keeping staff on the payroll as he retools his political operation, gets his presidential affairs in order, and continues to fume about a 'stolen' election from his private clubs.

Like other ex-presidents, Trump is entitled to government funding to keep staff on the payroll. 

He has elected to split a $2.6 million kitty on an 80:20 per cent basis, government documents reviewed by DailyMail.com reveal. 

Ex-presidents get funding for salaries and office space once they leave the White House, with the largest coming in a lump sum to be used in their first six months out of office.

According to documents obtained by Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) in a FOIA request, Trump is paying longtime aide (and onetime Twitter custodian) Dan Scavino $173,000, a reduction from his White House pay.

Advisor Stephen Miller, who penned many of Trump's fiery immigration speeches and visited him recently at Mar-a-Lago, is pulling in $160,000. 

Former Trump 'body man' Nick Luna, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Personnel, is earning $160,000. 

ON THE PAYROLL: Taxpayers are funding staff for former President Donald Trump for former White House aides Dan Scavino, Nick Luna, and Stephen Miller under the Presidential Transition Act

ON THE PAYROLL: Taxpayers are funding staff for former President Donald Trump for former White House aides Dan Scavino, Nick Luna, and Stephen Miller under the Presidential Transition Act

Former Vice President Mike Pence has his own smaller staff, with members pulling in smaller salaries

Former Vice President Mike Pence has his own smaller staff, with members pulling in smaller salaries

Former aide Stephen Miller visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Former aide Stephen Miller visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Trump continues to fire off statements from his desk as a former president

Trump continues to fire off statements from his desk as a former president

Marcia Lee Kelly has remained on the payroll working for former first lady Melania Trump

Marcia Lee Kelly has remained on the payroll working for former first lady Melania Trump

Former Melania Trump chief of staff Hayley D'Antuono is earning $160,000

Former Melania Trump chief of staff Hayley D'Antuono is earning $160,000

The post-presidential Trump also has a chief of staff, and two deputies. 

Former first lady Melania Trump is also funding staff through government General Service Agency funds. Her former chief of staff Hayley D'Antuono is getting $160,000, while advisor Marcia Kelly is getting $150,000.

All told, the salaries and benefits total $1.3 million. 

According to CNN, which first reported on the documents, the first lady employs a handful of staff, but they rarely overlap with Trump's staff, who operated out of a bridal suite at Mar-a-Lago. 

Trump is now decamping to his Bedminster, New Jersey club for the warmer months.  

The government documents list five aides to Trump and the former first lady whose names are redacted. The lowest paid gets a $90,000 annual salary. 

One aide to Melania is now earning $90,000 after getting a $32,000 raise from her prior salary of $58,000.

But the person's identity is shrouded. According to a General Services Administration lawyer, the government 'withheld' the names of 'lower-level individuals employed with the office of the former President.'

'This is done pursuant to the sixth exemption of FOIA, 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(6), because public disclosure of this information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy,' according to the letter. 

The highest paid staffer for former Vice President Mike Pence is Paul Teller, who is earning $120,000. Katie Miller, who served as Pence's communications director, is earning $70,000, while former White House aides Marc Short and Greg Jacob are each earning $25,500. Jonah Wainright, the office manager, is earning $60,000.

 The funds run for six months after January 21, when Trump left office. Former presidents continue to get other office expenses after that time, but staff funds drop to $150,000, then later drops down to $96,000.

Former presidents also receive Secret Service protection, and in Trump's case, protection extends to his adult children for a six-month period after his presidency ended. 

The details of Trump's staff salaries come after it was revealed Trump is taking the post-presidential pension he is entitled to, after declining to accept his salary as president.

He has focused his efforts on seeking to sustain the MAGA movement, endorsing challengers to people who voted to impeach him, weighing in against Rep. Liz Cheney amid a leadership challenge, and promoting an Republican-mandated audit of votes in Arizona.

He is retooling a media presence, and continues to fire off regular statements despite his ban from Twitter and Facebook. In one statement Wednesday, he wrote: 'A loan of $1.2 billion has closed on the asset known as the Bank of America Building (555 California Street) in San Francisco, CA. The interest rate is approximately 2%. Thank you!' 

Trump, whose wealth Forbes estimates at $2.4 billion, faces mounting legal expenses amid legal probes by prosecutors in New York and Georgia, along with civil actions against him. 

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