The U.S. military is looking to lease space in Trump Tower to carry out its support functions for President Donald Trump, who has both a home and an office in the New York skyscraper that bears his name.
The Department of Defense is working â€œthrough appropriate channels and in accordance with all applicable legal requirementsâ€ to acquire leased space in the building, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. J.B. Brindle said in a statement Tuesday, adding that it is needed for personnel and equipment to support the president there.
The U.S. military provides medical and communications services that have to be close to the president at all times, and ensures that the so-called nuclear footballâ€”a briefcase that allows the president to authorize a nuclear attackâ€”accompanies the commander in chief when heâ€™s away from the White House.
Located on New Yorkâ€™s Fifth Avenue, Trump Tower is owned by Tower Commercial LLC, which is owned in turn by three other entities, all ultimately controlled by Mr. Trump, according to a Jan. 19 analysis of his holdings by The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Trump has declined to sell his assets and put the money in a blind trust run by an impartial third partyâ€”as some government-ethics experts have suggestedâ€”instead opting to hand the reins of his company to his sons and put his personal holdings in a private trust.