The Secret Service No Longer Has A Command Post Inside Trump Tower

The Secret Service No Longer Has A Command Post Inside Trump Tower

But Milhoan stressed that Secret Service agents will continue to operate within the building and that safety will not be compromised.

The Secret Service command post is now located outside of Trump Tower, in a trailer on the sidewalk, after being moved from the unit below the president's apartment in early July.

According to The Washington Post, the security agency had set up shop just one floor below the president's pad, but it was forced to relocate outside the building in July because the Secret Service couldn't reach a lease agreement with the Trump Organization.

The federal agency charged with protecting the first family housed supervisors and backup agents in Trump Tower, one floor below the first family's private residence, until last month.

Citing two people familiar with the discussions, The Post said the dispute involved multiple elements of the lease, including the price.

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization said the government should look for another location for its command hub.

"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", Amanda Miller said in an email to the Post. In total, the Secret Service spends more than $750 million of its $1.8 billion budget on protective operations.

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"It's a security deficiency that has to be resolved", a former Secret Service official told the Post.

It's not clear what the specific source of the current dispute is, and the agency told The Hill that "there has been no impact to the security plan" as a result of moving the command post.

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.

Both Melania and Barron moved to Washington in early June.

Even with the post on the ground, experts are anxious that radio transmissions could fail due to the distance between it and agents in the field.

The deal was said to be brokered by Joel Anderson, a businessman who owns the space. According to news reports, Trump's trips to the so-called Winter White House cost the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office $60,000 in overtime pay for each day the president was in town.