The Secret Service has vacated its command post inside Trump Tower over a dispute between the government and President Trump’s company, Trump Organization, over the terms of a lease for the space, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
According to the Post, the Secret Service post, which houses supervisors and backup agents on standby in case of an emergency located one floor below the president’s apartment, was moved to a trailer on a New York City sidewalk in early July.
A spokeswoman for President Trump’s company has said the Secret Service should seek space elsewhere.
“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 said in an email to the Post.
Secret Service spokeswoman Catherine Milhoan told The Hill that the agency “continues to work with GSA to obtain permanent work space in an appropriate location.”
“Throughout this process, there has been no impact to the security plan developed by the Secret Service,” she continued. “For reasons that involve operational security and matters of force protection, the Secret Service will not disclose the current location of our command post.”
The Hill adds:
The U.S. government is also leasing space in Trump Tower for a military office that provides support for the White House and handles the nuclear “football” – a mobile hub that the president would use to launch a nuclear strike. The military lease was first reported by the Wall Street Journal in July.
The military leases that space for $130,000 a month from a businessman named Joel Anderson, rather than from Trump’s company itself.