The Secret Service is now operating out of a trailer outside Trump Tower because of a dispute between the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Trump Organization over the terms of a lease agreement.
Since President Trump emerged as leader in the race for the Republican nomination, the Secret Service has maintained a presence at Trump Tower, running operations in leased space located one floor below Trump’s residence.
The lease deal fell apart after the GSA, which handles real estate transactions for the federal government, and the Trump Organization had been in negotiations to formalize a lease agreement for the Secret Service’s space.
“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,” wrote Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller, in an email to The New York Times.
The ouster will have no impact on the Secret Service’s security plan for Trump Tower and the agency still hopes to find a suitable space, said Catherine Milhoan, a Secret Service spokeswoman.
“The United States Secret Service continues to work with the GSA to obtain permanent work space in an appropriate location,” Milhoan said.
Although Trump has not set foot in Trump Tower since becoming president, the agency is required by law to protect the chief-of-state’s primary residence, whether occupied by family members or not, the Times reports. And while the Secret Service’s presence has lessened since the first lady moved to the White Houses in June, Trump’s two adult sons still work at Trump Tower, making it necessary for the agency to maintain a presence there.