How Donald Trump profits by keeping his home base in Trump Tower

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On a holiday weekend featuring headlines about Donald Trump's profiting off of his impending presidency, one smaller example of those gains lies in Trump's own high-rise home.

Last week, President-elect Trump announced his wife, Melania, and their youngest son, Barron, would be staying at their current home in Trump Tower New York for a few months after the January 2017 inauguration to allow Barron to finish his school year.

But now, a few more details about logistics are coming out and they include the cost to taxpayers and how much Trump may actually profit from the living situation.

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) departs Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Vice president-elect Mike Pence departs Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg speaks to the media in the lobby of Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, U.S. November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Steven Mnuchin, national finance chairman for Republican president-elect Donald Trump, arrives at Trump Tower in New York, U.S. November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A worker yawns as the elevator doors close in the lobby of Republican president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sons Eric Trump (L) and Donald Trump Jr go down escalators outside offices of Republican president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Communications adviser Jason Miller arrives at the offices of Republican president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) arrives in the lobby of Republican president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A woman watches U.S. President Barack Obama on a TV in Trump Bar in the lobby of Republican president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Women wearing Make America Great Again hats sit at a table at Trump Bar at the offices of Republican president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway arrives at the offices of Republican president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Campaign CEO Stephen Bannon departs the offices of Republican president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. on November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
A cardboard sign is seen posted across from Trump Tower in New York U.S., November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Republican President-elect Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump arrives at Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S., November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Filmmaker Michael Moore leaves a note for the Republican president-elect Donald Trump as he visits Trump Tower in New York, U.S. November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Workers joke inside Republican president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, U.S. November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), arrives at Republican president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, U.S. November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Campaign Communications Director Hope Hicks departs the offices of Republican president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani leaves the offices of Republican President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S., November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
NYPD officers pose for pictures inside Republican president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, U.S. November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Secret Service agents ride down an escalator at Trump Tower after the election selected Republican president-elect Donald Trump in New York, New York, U.S. November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A supporter of Republican president-elect Donald Trump visits Trump Tower in New York, U.S. November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Son of Republican President-elect Donald Trump Eric Trump arrives at Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S., November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A U.S. secret service agent looks on, inside Republican president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, U.S. November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A doorman stands outside an elevator in the lobby of Republican president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
U.S. secret service agents patrols inside Republican president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, U.S. November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
New York Police Department (NYPD) officers stand guard outside Trump Tower during a protest against president-elect Donald Trump in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Bria Webb
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A New York Post report claims that the secret service may rent out two floors in Trump Tower as a command post to protect Melania and Barron and, afterwards, the First Family when they return to their Manhattan home from D.C. at a total cost of as much as $3 million a year.

(Using New York City police for additional security is already adding an extra $1 million a day to current protection costs.)

Using taxpayer money for the housing of Secret Service agents and other authorities during presidential ventures away from the White House isn't new; presidents from both parties have incurred such costs. And staying in Trump tower could save the government money in hotel bookings.

But the big deal with Trump is that the taxpayer money will be going directly to Trump himself, meaning he will profit off of that money spent on security.

Trump has already raked in a profit off his 2016 campaign, including rent for his own campaign headquarters (that was dramatically increased when it turned into Trump 2016 HQ) and things like food (Trump steaks!) and use of his private plane (Trump Force One!).

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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