04 August, 2017
The Secret Service detail assigned to Donald Trump's permanent home at Trump Tower in New York City has relocated from a unit one floor beneath the president's gold-covered apartment to a trailer on the sidewalk more than 50 floors below, the Washington Post reports.
The nature of the lease dispute is unclear, though the Post said two people familiar with the matter cited the price, among other lease conditions.
It has been operating at the building since Trump took office - and security experts now warn that a lack of a command center could spell trouble, should an emergency arise.
"It would be more cost effective and logistically practical", Miller said according to The Post, even as the agency was reportedly holding out for a better deal with the president's company.
Trump has not spent a night inside the building since his inauguration, although first lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, continued to live at the property until they moved to the White House in June.
The Secret Service has been forced to relocate its Trump Tower command center to a trailer outside the midtown skyscraper in NY after a lease agreement between the General Services Administration and the Trump Organization fell apart last month, two people with knowledge of the negotiations said today.
"It's a security deficiency that has to be resolved", explained a former Secret Service official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. But the Secret Service continues to protect the building. The Secret Service said the move will not affect security.
The Secret Service said it hopes it can still secure a spot at Trump Tower, adding that its working "to obtain permanent work space in an appropriate location".
A spokeswoman for the General Services Administration, which handles government leasing, declined to comment because the search for a command-post space is still active. Well played. Because yeah, the Secret Service is not content with the current setup.
The military leases that space for $130,000 a month from a businessman named Joel Anderson, rather than from Trump's company itself. That space is expected to be used as the White House military office. "The only thing that made it hard it is they're bureaucratic, and it takes them forever to do anything", Anderson said.