The Pentagon is spending $130,000 a month to use space in Trump towers, almost triple the market rate. The government signed a $2.4 million lease to rent an over 3,400 sq ft space in Trump Tower for the military; which will be used from 11/April/2017- 30/September/2018, according to the lease documents. The US government agreed to pay $180,000 for the month of April and then $130,000 a month afterward, according to the contract released by the General Services Administration (GSA).
“The space is necessary for the personnel and equipment who will support the POTUS at his residence in the building,” a Presidential spokesman said. In a letter to Representative Jackie Speier (D-California), who sits on the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, Defense Department official James MacStravic said the building is “privately owned and…leave negotiations have been with the owner’s representatives only.”
The Pentagon justifies the rented out space because the White House Military Office provides vital services, that are also required by US law to be near the POTUS at all times, such as medical/food/transportation and communication services. It’s the same office that carries and safeguards the “nuclear football,” a device that contains the top secret launch codes the president needs to launch a nuclear attack. Its operations are also separate from the Secret Service.
Published by: The War Files