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Pentagon Moves To Rent Space In Trump Tower

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The Defense Department announced Tuesday that it is working to rent space in Trump Tower. “The space is necessary for the personnel and equipment who will support the POTUS at his residence in the building,” said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. JB Brindle. The U.S. military’s space in Trump Tower would be separate from the area of Trump Tower used by the Secret Service. While the Secret Service protects the president and his family — wife Melania and son Barron live in the penthouse full-time for now — the military mission includes housing the “nuclear football” while Trump is visiting his home. The floors available for rent cost about $1.5 million a year, a Trump Tower leasing agent tells CNN. The Pentagon has had to make analogous arrangements for previous presidents, including at former President Barack Obama’s Chicago residence, Pentagon officials note. But those arrangements did not funnel rent toward the president’s business interest.

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