The Department of Defense and the U.S. government is paying a high price to protect President Trump by leasing a 3,475 square foot space in Trump Tower as a DOD military office. They pay more than $130,000 a month for that office, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The government signed a $2.39 million 18-month lease in April for that space which according to the General Services Administration, is not owned by the president or anyone in the Trump organization. The White House Military Office is used to provide a number of support services which include access to the nuclear football.
Here’s the kicker…the president has not spent one night in Trump Tower since his inauguration!
“The military’s lease in Trump Tower puts the space far above market rate for similarly sized apartments in the luxury high rise market and makes it one of the most expensive residential rentals in Manhattan,” according to the Wall Street Journal. “The most expensive Trump Tower listing recently was a 3,725 sq. ft., three-bedroom apartment on the 62nd floor. It was listed in the spring of 2016 for $50,000 a month unfurnished and $60,000 a month furnished, according to Streeteasy.com.”
The $2.39 million rental fee in the Department of Defense budget is not the only surprising protection cost under the Trump administration. The Wall Street Journal also reported, “The Secret Service requested an additional $25.7 million in the 2018 budget to cover expenses associated with securing Trump Tower and the president’s ‘protective footprint’ in New York City.”
So what do you think? Is this a huge waste or a necessary precaution?