Melania Trump’s demands ‘led to huge security bill as she tried to sort prenup’

Donald and Melania Trump reportedly racked up security costs of $600 million [£423m] and created an unprecedented "protection price tag".

The former First Lady decided to stay in Manhattan, New York, for the first five months of her husband’s presidency.

This pushed up costs for security agents, along with Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago and his sons' international business ventures, The Mercury News reports.

Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig said the couple’s penthouse in New York created a security challenge "unlike any the Secret Service had ever faced before".

She wrote in the new book Zero Fail: "Assessing and shielding the Trump family’s three-story penthouse apartment from attacks created a protection price tag unlike any other the Service had encountered."

In March 2017, the Secret Service reportedly asked for an additional $28.3 million [£19.9m] to secure the property.

Melania wanted to use the five-month delay to renegotiate her prenuptial agreement with Trump, according to the 2020 biography The Art of Her Deal.

In total, agents had to offer protection for 18 of Trump’s family members, Leonnig claims.

After leaving the White House, he extended secret service protection to 13 family members for six months.

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At one point, Vanessa Trump – Donald Trump Jr’s wife – began dating one of the agents assigned to her family, according to Leonnig.

She filed for divorce in March 2019 but the agent did not face disciplinary action, The Guardian reports.

He was not Vanessa’s official guardian during the alleged affair, it is claimed.

Leonnig also alleges that Tiffany Trump broke up with her boyfriend and "began spending an unusual amount of time alone with a Secret Service agent on her detail".

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Agents "became concerned at how close Tiffany appeared to be getting".

Trump also tried to remove agents he thought were too overweight or short.

The former President reportedly said: "I want these fat guys off my detail.

"How are they going to protect me and my family if they can’t run down the street?"

Earlier this month, a source told People that Melania "does what she wants" in her marriage.

The former First Lady is said to have the entire marriage set-up "down to a science".

These claims were made after her husband was seen boarding a flight from Florida without her.

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Trump will reportedly spend the summer at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

But his wife and son Barron, 15, were not seen getting on the plane.

However, they had been spotted having lunch with him earlier on Mother’s Day in the US.

Mar-a-Lago is mostly shutting down for summer, US media reports.

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