Report: NY taxpayers could spend millions for Trump Tower protection – Washington Examiner (blog)

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U.S. Secret Service could soon take over two floors in President-elect Trump’s Fifth Avenue skyscraper and cost taxpayers millions if they do, the New York Post reported Friday.

The federal agency is reportedly in negotiations with the Trump Organization to use the vacant space as part of their 24/7 command post, where agents assigned to protect future first lady Melania Trump and the couple’s 10-year-old son, Barron, would be based.

Melania and Barron are expected to remain in New York until the end of the current school year, while Trump will move to Washington in January.

If a deal is reached, more than 250 Secret Service agents and New York Police Department officers will occupy the two floors in Trump Tower. New York taxpayers would be on the hook for the cost to lease the two floors, which could come with an annual price tag approaching $3 million.

In addition to Trump’s $90 million penthouse apartment, the president-elect’s Manhattan skyscraper is home to dozens of offices, private residences and his transition team’s headquarters.

With the exception of a recent weekend trip to Bedminster, N.J., and Thanksgiving in West Palm Beach, Fla., the incoming Republican president has remained inside Trump Tower since Election Day.

Daily meetings with Cabinet contenders, heightened security and an increased media presence have led to major traffic jams around the building and complaints from city officials and residents, a problem that could get worse if Secret Service takes over the two vacant Trump Tower floors.

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