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Secret Service in Talks to Rent Space in Trump Tower: Report

The Secret Service may need to rent a couple floors in Trump Tower to protect Donald Trump and his family.

The Hill reports:

Law enforcement told The New York Post Thursday that the Secret Service is in negotiations with the Trump Organization to take over two vacant floors at Trump Tower.

According to The Post, both the Secret Service and NYPD are planning to run a command post out of the space where president-elect Donald Trump’s wife Melania and 10-year-old son Barron are expected to live for several months after Inauguration Day.

The Secret Service is required to protect the first family wherever they go. When President Obama or Vice President Biden have gone on vacation, security will pay to rent nearby homes or domiciles to set up security and continue to monitor the first and second families.

Should these negotiations go through, taxpayers would likely be paying the president-elect’s corporation to lease the two floors. The Post reported that a lease deal could cost more than $3 million based on current rates at Trump Tower. Two of the floors, which are 3,000- to 5,000-square-foot spaces, are currently marketed at $105 per square-foot.

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