Tuesday 23 January 2018

US military could soon be renting space from President at his own Trump Tower

U.S. President Donald Trump sits during a meeting with Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump sits during a meeting with Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump as Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich shakes hands with members of the White House staff in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich (L) shakes hands with Gary Cohn (C), head of the National Economic Council and Reed Cordish, assistant for intragovernmental and technology initiatives REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump points as Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich (L) displays a silicon wafer for making chips in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Jonathan Lemire, in New York

The United States military is looking to rent space at Trump Tower for use when President Donald Trump returns to his longtime home in New York City.

The department of defence is looking for the space "in order to meet official mission requirements", a Pentagon spokesman said.

"The department of defence is working through appropriate channels and in accordance with all applicable legal requirements in order to acquire a limited amount of leased space in Trump Tower," said Army Lt Col JB Brindle.

"The space is necessary for the personnel and equipment who will support the POTUS at his residence in the building."

U.S. President Donald Trump as Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich shakes hands with members of the White House staff in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump as Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich shakes hands with members of the White House staff in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

It was not clear how much it would cost the Pentagon to rent space in the 58-storey Midtown Manhattan tower, which is owned by the Trump Organisation.

Entire floors, which run between 13,000 to 15,000 square feet, cost about 1.5 million dollars (£1.2 million) a year, according to the building's website.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich (L) shakes hands with Gary Cohn (C), head of the National Economic Council and Reed Cordish, assistant for intragovernmental and technology initiatives REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich (L) shakes hands with Gary Cohn (C), head of the National Economic Council and Reed Cordish, assistant for intragovernmental and technology initiatives REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Mr Trump has lived in the three-storey penthouse for three decades.

He has not yet returned to New York since taking office, though his wife Melania and their young son Barron have continued to reside there.

U.S. President Donald Trump points as Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich (L) displays a silicon wafer for making chips in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump points as Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich (L) displays a silicon wafer for making chips in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

His business is also based in the skyscraper.

It is customary for the military to obtain space near a president's residence.

Military officers, including those assigned to keep the "nuclear football", must stay near the commander in chief.

The military also rented space near former president Barack Obama's home in Chicago.

The Secret Service must also have space nearby - and, when needed, have rented from the person they are assigned to protect.

The agency rented space at former vice president Joe Biden's home in Delaware, though that cost far less than what would be expected for space in Trump Tower.

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