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Mayor de Blasio praises budget deal that will reimburse NYC for Trump Tower security

On Friday, Trump said he hadn’t back to the city since becoming President because he feels “guilty” about the cost.

New York City won’t have to foot the bill for guarding Trump Tower after all.

The budget deal reached in Washington on Sunday will include funding to reimburse the city for keeping watch over President Trump’s midtown tower — to the tune of $20 million for the period between Election Day and Inauguration Day, when Trump was living there, in addition to $7 million they’ve already received. Congress will also cough up $41 million for security costs after Trump was sworn in.

"We are getting what we are owed," Mayor de Blasio said in a statement. "That’s good news for our city and the hardworking police officers faced with this unprecedented security challenge.”

He thanked members of Congress from the city including Nita Lowey, Grace Meng, Jose Serrano, Carolyn Maloney and Dan Donovan, the city’s only Republican in Congress.

The city has repeatedly revised its estimates of how much it cost to secure Trump Tower during the weeks when Trump, as president-elect, resided there. In February, Commissioner O’Neill said the full bill was $25.7 million.

Today, the mayor’s office said it had cost the city $24 million. When asked why the figure was $1.7 million less than O’Neill’s accounting, a de Blasio spokeswoman said the $1.7 million difference was in FDNY funding that will not be reimbursed under the deal.

It costs between $127,000 and $146,000 a day for the NYPD to protect Trump’s family — his wife and son have continued to reside in New York — when the president is not in town. When Trump is here, it costs the NYPD about $308,000 a day, the city says.

Trump — who has spent most of his weekends traveling to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — will make his first trip back to New York as president Thursday, when he’ll give a speech at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the West Side.

On Friday, Trump said he hadn’t back to the city since becoming President because he feels “guilty” about the cost.

“Going back is very expensive for the country because they close up Fifth Avenue and they close up 56th Street,” he told Fox News.