A Mini ‘Trailer Park’ Near Trump Tower? Secret Service Move Command Post Over Lease Dispute

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In early July, the Secret Service relocated its command center to a trailer outside the Trump Tower.  The agency moved due to disputes with the government and President Trump’s company, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

The Secret Service’s primary focus is keeping the President and his family safe. Their command center is the hub where teams of agents use various technologies to keep the president’s home protected. Before its relocation, the command post had operated temporarily for months in the office of the Trump Tower, one floor below the president’s residence.

By Jen Chung / Gothamist

With the command post on the street in a trailer, “security experts worry that radio transmissions could break up because of the distance and multiple walls between agents on the scene and commanders in the trailers.” A former Secret Service agent said, “It’s a security deficiency that has to be resolved.”

Is the command post really necessary in the Trump Tower, when in fact the President has only visited his permanent home once since he was inaugurated? His wife, First Lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron lived there for several months but relocated to Washington in early June. According to experts, the Secret Service still treats Trump Tower as the president’s permanent home and has a full-time detail to protect it.

“The Secret Service will have a presence inside the building if Trump or his family members visit, as their security details would remain in close proximity.”

By Jen Chung / Gothamist

According to The Post, a statement from the Trump Organization said, the agency should look elsewhere.

“After much consideration, it was mutually determined that it would be more cost effective and logistically practical for the Secret Service to lease space elsewhere.” – Amanda Miller, Secret Service spokeswoman.

Another spokeswoman, Catherine Milhoan added, “Throughout this process, there has been no impact to the security plan developed by the Secret Service.”

Trump’s Organization has the right to deny a lease agreement with the Secret Service, even if it is their job to protect the President of the United States and his family.

Lease Agreements are beneficial to both parties involved; it has to be one of the most important steps in renting a property. A Lease outlines the actions and commitments between the owner and the tenant that must take place during the term of the lease. The lease states how much is the rent, when it is due, who is responsible for repair, when will the security deposit be returned and consequences for terminating the lease early.  A commercial lease contains additional provisions, many of which may be unfamiliar to a new business owner.

Lease Agreements, like all contracts, are negotiable. However, certain clauses in the contract are fairly standard. Before signing any lease agreement or contracts be sure to read over all clauses, and understand the laws of your state as a commercial or residential tenant.  In most cases, particularly with commercial leases – it is best to have an experienced attorney negotiate the lease on behalf of your business.

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