Secret Service Leaves Trump Tower In Lease Dispute

The presidential protection agency left its command post one floor below the president’s apartment for a trailer on the sidewalk, more than 50 floors below. The Trump Organization said the Secret Service should move elsewhere.

The Secret Service vacated its command post inside Trump Tower in New York City after a dispute between the government and President Trump’s company over the terms of a lease for the space, the Washington Post reports. Previously, the Secret Service stationed its command post — which houses supervisors and backup agents on standby in case of an emergency — in a Trump Tower unit one floor below the president’s apartment. Last month, the post was relocated to a trailer on the sidewalk, more than 50 floors below, a distance that some experts worry could hamper the agency that protects the president’s home and family.

The command post appears unlikely to move anytime soon back inside Trump Tower, where the president and his family have rarely gone since moving to the White House. A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization said the government should seek space in another 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 told the Post.