Feds Want More NYPD at Trump Tower as Security Costs Soar
The Secret Service wants the NYPD to assign 150 police officers to Trump Tower every day to staff checkpoints outside President-elect Donald Trump’s Manhattan residence.
The Secret Service wants the cops on the job at Trump Tower at West 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, where pedestrians walking in front of the building are required to have their bags searched, a police source said to the New York Post.
“They want the NYPD to handle all those checkpoints,” the source said. “They want 150 cops assigned every day.”
And all these officers come with a hefty price tag.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill told business leaders and reporters Wednesday that ongoing efforts to guard President-elect Donald Trump’s namesake Manhattan tower are siphoning attention, energy and personnel away from combating crime in other parts of the five boroughs—and insisted the city must receive a full refund of expenses from the federal government, Observer reports.
Thus far, Congress has agreed to repay the city only a fifth of the $35 million it requested for protecting the president-elect between Election Day and Inauguration day.
“We have a temporary solution, and we’re getting better at it,” O’Neill said. “We’re going to have to keep going back until we have a full reimbursement. This is, it does have an impact: we’re taking resources from around the city to make sure we keep 5-6-and-Five secure. And whether he’s there or not, we have to make sure we do our best.”
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