As soon as then Candidate Trump began receiving Secret Service protection, many Americans complained about the cost of protecting Trump Tower. Very little has changed. The cost is still an issue, but there’s been one update. The Secret Service has been booted from Trump Tower.
As Fox News is reporting, “the federal law-enforcement agency vacated its command post inside the Manhattan skyscraper that houses the president’s primary personal residence following a dispute between the government and the Trump Organization over the terms of a rental agreement.”
The Secret Service was still in Trump Tower becasue they’re tasked with protecting the President’s family. Their former command post was one floor below the Trump’s apartment. Now they are 50 floors below, on the street, in a trailer parked on Fifth Avenue.
“After much consideration, it was mutually determined that it would be more cost effective and logistically practical for the Secret Service to lease space elsewhere,” Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller wrote in an email to the Washington Post.
“After much consideration, it was mutually determined that it would be more cost effective and logistically practical for the Secret Service to lease space elsewhere.”
The Secret Service, for their part, are shopping for real estate. They’re hoping “to obtain permanent work space in an appropriate location,” Secret Service spokeswoman Catherine Milhoan said. “Throughout this process, there has been no impact to the security plan developed by the Secret Service.”
The relocation is not directly impacting the President who has not been back to Trump Tower since his inauguration. Melania and Barron moved out in June, and now reside in Washington.
The residence, though, is also under Secret Service protection, so there is a full security detail there.
As fox notes, “the Pentagon forking over $130,000 per month to rent an apartment within Trump Tower for its White House Military Unit.”
“The military agreed to pay $180,000 for the last 20 days of April and the new rent every month thereafter, according to the contract, which was released by the General Services Administration (GSA). The leasing rate for the space is far above the going rate for a similar space in Manhattan, making it among the most expensive rentals in the Big Apple.”
The Secret Service has reportedly asked for an extra $25.7 million for its 2018 budget, just to cover Trump Tower any activity in New York City.