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Donald Trump Is Going to Make Money off the Secret Service Detail Assigned to Protect Him

A report indicates it could cost taxpayers $3 million per year to protect Trump — and his companies would be paid.

Donald Trump, the landlord, is going to be making money from taxpayers assigned to protect Donald Trump, the president-elect.

According to a report from The New York Post on Thursday, the Secret Service is in talks with the Trump Organization about renting two vacant floors of the 68-story Trump Tower. In order to protect the president-elect and his family, they will need to work with the NYPD to operate a command post containing more than 250 agents and police officers. Those two floors could cost more than $3 million each year.

As The New York Post reported on Tuesday, the vacant 17th floor of Trump Tower is priced at $105 per square foot, which would value it at $1.5 million a year. It includes six large south-facing outdoor terraces, private elevators, and polished concrete floors. Similarly, the 15th floor — which served as a headquarters for the Trump campaign — could be available, with the Federal Election Commission estimating that the campaign paid $169,000 a month on utilities alone while there.

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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