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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Secret Service has vacated its unit in Trump Towers after a disagreement regarding the lease agreement terms between the government and President Trump’s company. The Secret Service had previously set up its supervisors and backup agents on standby one floor below the President’s apartment, in case of an emergency. As of early July, however, their command post was relocated to a trailer on the sidewalk by the building. Some security experts fear that the trailer’s distance from the 50th floor condo, poses a security risk and could delay the agency’s response time in protecting the president and his family. Still President Trump has not frequented the home since his inauguration, and his family has not visited since moving into the White House early in June.

It seems improbable for the command post to move back into Trump Tower anytime soon. On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization told The Washington Post that it would make more sense for the government to find space in a different location. “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,” spokeswoman Amanda Miller wrote. The details of the dispute, and whether or not the clash is still ongoing were not clarified. Certainly the price has been one source of the tension. 

The Secret Service’s statement sounded more hopeful that there might still be a resolution. “The space is still in the process of being obtained and a final decision has not been made,” wrote Pamela Dixon wrote, a spokeswoman for the General Services Administration, which deals with government leases. The agency is working “to obtain permanent work space in an appropriate location,” said Catherine Milhoan, a Secret Service spokeswoman. Milhoan added, “Throughout this process, there has been no impact to the security plan developed by the Secret Service.”

As per the Wall Street Journal, The U.S. military is also still leasing space in Trump Tower for $130,000 a month. That unit is for the White House Military Office, which the president would use to launch a nuclear attack, per se. However that unit is not being leased directly from Trump Company, which eases potential ethics complications presented with the President leasing out space for his governmental use.

By:  Hellen Zaboulani