In another conflict of interest, the U.S. Department of Defense is being forced to lease space at Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan in order to support President Donald Trump when he is in New York City at his residence, ABC News reported Wednesday.
“In order to meet official mission requirements, the Department of Defense is working through appropriate channels in order to acquire a limited amount of leased space in Trump Tower,” said Lt. Col. J.B. Brindle, a Department of Defense spokesman, according to the report.
Trump has indicated that he will spend weekends at his 66th floor penthouse located on a boutique-lined stretch of Fifth Avenue. First lady Melania Trump plans to continue to stay at Trump Tower until the summer so the Trumps 10-year-old son, Barron, can finish the school year. Trump Tower is also home to several businesses.
Lt. Col. Brindle said “the space is necessary for the personnel and equipment who will support the POTUS at his residence in the building,”
In addition to the Secret Service that provides 24-hour protection to the president, the U.S. military also provides its own support staff to a president through the White House Military Office that coordinates the president’s domestic and international travel.
The office also provides the military officers who always accompany the president carrying “the nuclear football,” a satchel bag that contains the communications and codes that would be used to authorize a nuclear strike.
Trump Tower is one of the most expensive buildings in the world on one of the busiest streets in the world, with rent approaching $150,000 per month for one floor.
The move raises anew the possibility that another government agency will be providing government money to one of the president’s family business interests.
The highrise tower is owned by the Trump Organization which in turn is owned by Donald Trump. So in effect, taxpayers are paying Donald Trump (a man who pays no income tax), so the military can live in his 2nd home.