Secret Service moves out of Trump Tower over alleged lease dispute


But rather than making Congress agree on health care or getting China to help rein in North Korea, Trump appears to be driving a hard bargain with the people protecting his life.

The Secret Service has moved its command post out of Trump Tower in New York City after a lease dispute, the Secret Service confirmed to CBS News' Mark Knoller on Thursday.

Amanda Miller, a Trump Organization spokeswoman, told the Post the Secret Service should find a space somewhere else.

But, while Secret Service officials are still hoping for space in Trump Tower - putting agents much closer to the action on the rare occasions the president does visit his apartment - the Trump Organization made it clear they hadn't reached an agreement.

"It's like having the quarterback of the football game actually being located in a different stadium than where the game is being played", they said.

Since Melania and Barron Trump moved into the White House in June, the First Family has rarely been in Trump Tower.

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The Secret Service is now operating out of a trailer outside the Trump Tower (center).


President Trump hasn't returned to his Fifth Avenue tower since he took office.

It is reportedly a matter of great concern for the agency as some security experts worry the distance could affect the agency's capacity to protect the president's home and family members. It has ethics watchdogs on high alert and has put government agencies, like the General Services Administration, which oversees the US government's leases, in a challenging situation of negotiating with their boss.

In July, Fox News first reported on the Pentagon forking over $130,000 per month to rent an apartment within Trump Tower for its White House Military Unit. Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump owns another golf club and is expected to spend time in the coming weeks and months, would also be eligible to apply for the funds.

The Journal reported that the military was paying more for this unit than other renters had paid for similar units in the building. In an interview Thursday, Anderson said that the government didn't really try to negotiate a lower price. "The only thing that made it hard it is they're bureaucratic, and it takes them forever to do anything". "They're not bad to deal with, they're just slow".