WaPo Reporter: After Lease Dispute, Secret Service Now Outside Trump Tower ‘Like a Hot Dog Vendor’


The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Secret Service has moved its command post out of Trump Tower and is now stationed in a trailer on the sidewalk because it couldn’t reach a lease agreement on space inside the tower with President Donald Trump‘s company.

Carol Leonnig — the Post‘s national security correspondent who co-authored the paper’s report — appeared Friday on MSNBC to discuss a security arrangement that experts are saying is unsafe, according to the Post.

“This is the first time that I have ever heard of the negotiations breaking down so that now the command post is more than 50 floors away and on the street in a temporary trailer, almost like a hot dog vendor,” Leonnig said.

Leonnig noted that other presidents, including Barack Obama, have leased space to the Secret Service in the past. But allowing the negotiations to collapse was completely unwise from a security standpoint, according to a former Secret Service agent quoted anonymously by the Post

“It’s like having the quarterback of the football game actually being located in a different stadium than where the game is being played,” the agent said.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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