The Secret Service “strongly recommends” that Republican nominee Donald Trump, if he becomes president, not stay at his Trump Tower penthouse when visiting New York.
Law enforcement sources told the New York Post that security would be the primary concern if a President Trump were to stay in the penthouse because Trump Tower is not as secure as well-established presidential retreats, such as Camp David in rural Maryland.
“It’s definitely a strong concern that he doesn’t stay there, because it would be a lot harder to protect him there, a lot harder to secure,’’ said an unnamed source.
“It’s not like Camp David, where no one can get to it,” the source said.
One of the biggest concerns is the nearby Fifth Avenue skyscraper, a public building with no restrictions on people coming and going as they please.
Trump lives with his wife, Melania, and their son, Barron, in a triplex on the 66th floor of his Manhattan tower.
Security at the skyscraper, valued at more than $288 million, was increased immediately after the real estate mogul clinched the Republican presidential nomination.
The upgrades to security protocols included checking the IDs of anyone who enters the building and requiring tenants to fill out applications for all of their visitors.
But with Trump looking at a potential presidency, those security measures won’t be nearly enough.
“He’s not liked,” another unnamed source told the Post. “So there’s the concern of someone taking a shot at him.”
After one of the most divisive elections in U.S. history, some will be enraged if Trump wins office, and the source said that anger might translate into an assassination attempt.
However, the Secret Service doesn’t have much faith that Trump would heed their concerns if he wins.
“They can tell him, but he’ll do whatever he wants. At the end of the day, he’ll probably do what he wants to do,” a source said.