The Trump Organization is landlord to thousands of people and companies around the world. Now, it’s adding the Trump Administration’s Defense Department to its list of tenants.
A Pentagon spokesman confirmed to CNN it “is working through appropriate channels and in accordance with all applicable legal requirements in order to acquire a limited amount of leased space in Trump Tower. The space is necessary for the personnel and equipment who will support the POTUS at his residence in the building.”
Such a set-up is not unprecedented to provide the commander-in-chief and staff with instant military communications for day-to-day operations and in the event of an emergency. The military made similar arrangements for Barack Obama’s private home on Chicago’s embattled South Side and George W. Bush’s rural ranch in Texas.
CNN was delighted to report that rental fees for a floor in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue could cost taxpayers upwards of $1.5 million a year. Of course, no one said Defense was interested in a whole floor. An entire floor of skyscraper would not seem to qualify as “a limited amount of leased space.”