According to a report Thursday from The Washington Post, the Secret Service has abandoned the command post in the Trump Tower, and it’s over a disagreement over the lease with the Trump business organization.
Before the dispute, the command center for the president’s security detail was located in the room directly below his, one floor down. In July, after the disagreement over the lease, the Secret Service command center moved 50 stories down to a trailer on the sidewalk.
The Secret Service indicated that it hopes to still be able to negotiate the terms so that it can return to the location below Trump’s apartment, but a spokesman for the Trump Organization said it should seek other accommodations.
Secret Service spokeswoman Catherine Milhoan told the Washington Post that it hoped “to obtain permanent work space in an appropriate location.”
“Throughout this process,” she said, “there has been no impact to the security plan developed by the Secret Service.”
The Washington Post noted that the president has not visited his residence at Trump Tower since his inauguration in January, and first lady Melania Trump and his son Baron left to move to Washington, D.C., in June.
“After much consideration,” said Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller, “it was mutually determined that it would be more cost effective and logistically practical for the Secret Service to lease space elsewhere.”