Hail to the Chief…and potential landlord.
The United States Secret Service is in talks with the Trump Organization to take two full floors at Trump Tower, sources told the New York Post.
The agency and the New York City Police Department are looking to operate a command post out of the space at the 68-story tower, according to the newspaper. President-elect Donald Trump’s wife Melania and youngest son Barron plan to live at the building through the spring.
Taxpayers would be on the hook to pay the president-elect’s own company to lease the floors, a bill that could exceed $3 million annually, according to the newspaper. Asking rents at the tower exceed $100 per square foot.
Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio has reached out to the federal government to ask for help in covering the costs of securing Trump Tower, a burden that CNN reports costs $1 million a day. Trump has said that even as president, he’d like to spend weekends in his hometown. [NYP] — TRD