Taxpayers’ Money Heist: The Pentagon Just Leased An Apartment In Trump Tower To House ‘Nuclear Launch Codes’
The Pentagon has leased an apartment in Trump Tower for the use of the White House Military Office, according to several news reports.
The Trump Tower unit will be used to house the “Nuclear Football,” The Guardian reported Sunday. The device contains the top secret launch codes the president needs to order a nuclear attack, as well as providing secure communications wherever the president is.
Citing a letter published by Reuters, The Guarding reports that the White House Military Office, a Pentagon unit, “requested approval to lease space in the Trump Tower for personnel assigned to support the President when at his private residence”.
Officials declined to reveal the cost of the lease, but the rental will be in excess of $1 million per year, according to the report.
“We are not aware of any means through which the president would personally benefit from a government lease of this space,” said James MacStravic, the defense official who signed the lease.
MacStravic, who wrote that he was “temporarily performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics”, said he “approved this action” after consulting with the White House and other officials, he said, according to the report.
A White House spokeswoman had no information on the leasing issue. The Trump Organization did not reply to an email requesting comment.
When the Pentagon first acknowledged that it was seeking to lease space in Trump Tower, some Democrats questioned whether such a move would produce a financial windfall for Trump.
“I am concerned by the appearance that the president of the United States will financially benefit from this deal at the expense of the Department of Defense – and ultimately, taxpayers,” Speier wrote to the defense secretary, James Mattis, shortly after the Trump Tower issue became public in February.
The White House, Secret Service, and defense department had no comment on whether similar arrangements had been made at other properties Trump frequents – Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, and the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump was spending this weekend.