President Obama is breaking a decades-long tradition—he will not be staying at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel during his trip to New York City on Friday; instead, Millennium's ONE UN will reportedly become his new local base.
President Obama breaks decades-long Waldorf Astoria tradition
President Barack Obama makes a funny face after he is connected to a wrong number while calling to thank campaign volunteers at the 'Obama For America' field office in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, October 28, 2012. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
President Barack Obama jokes to a capacity crowd during his speech at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion on the campus of the University of Kansas on Thursday Jan. 22, 2015 in Lawrence, Kan. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama laughs as he listens performer Joel McHale speaking jokes during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: U.S. President Barack Obama reacts to a joke told by comedian Conan O'Brien during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama winks as he tells a joke about his place of birth during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, DC, April 28, 2012. The annual event, which brings together US President Barack Obama, Hollywood celebrities, news media personalities and Washington correspondents, features comedian Jimmy Kimmel as the host. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)
US President Barack Obama (L) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) joke as play table tennis with students of the Globe Academy school in London on May 24, 2011. Obama basked on May 24, 2011 in the lavish royal pageantry of a state visit to Britain, given an extra dash of glamour by a brief encounter with Prince William and his new bride Catherine. AFP PHOTO/ PAUL HACKETT/ WPA POOL (Photo credit should read PAUL HACKETT/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama jokes around with store employee Renee Ebia (L) as he eats a shave ice as he takes his daughters and family friends to Island Snow in Kailua, Hawaii, December 27, 2010. Obama is spending the last days of the year vacationing with his family in Hawaii. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) jokes with US President Barack Obama after posing for a family picture after the NAC (North Atlantic Council) meeting on November 19, 2010 in Lisbon, as part of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Summit of Heads of States and Government held on 19-20 November 2010 in Portugal's capital. AFP PHOTO/ LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama jokes around with the referee about a travelling call as he sits alongside Mona Sutphen (R), White House deputy chief of staff, and Phil Schiliro (L), director of Legislative Affairs, during the first half of the NCAA men's college basketball game between Georgetown and Duke at the Verizon Center in Washington ON January 30, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 18: (AFP OUT) US President Barack Obama jokes with Mable Harvey before hosting a conversation with a small group of African American seniors and their grandchildren on the legacy of the civil rights movement at the White House January 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters served lunch to the poor to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (L) jokes with David Letterman during a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman in New York on September 21, 2009. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama works the crowd after speaking at a rally supporting Connecticut Democratic Candidates at Harbor Yard.
President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.
US President Barack Obama and Annie Glenn, wife of former Senator John Glenn greeting each other following an event at The Ohio State University October 9, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio
President Barack Obama greets Miss Florida Memorial University Morisa V. Jagrup at Miami Central High School March 4, 2011 in Miami, FL.
.President Barack Obama and Jimmy Fallon are briefed on the Slow Jam the News segment backstage before taping Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hall April 24, 2012 in Chapel Hill, NC.
US President Barack Obama plays around with a small boy while greeting active duty Marines and their families on Christmas day December 25, 2013 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe, Honolulu, Hawaii.
US President Barack Obama greets people sitting outside a Chop't restaurant after dropping by a Starbucks June 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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This concern is compounded by suspicions that China was complicit in the recent hack of systems containing government employees' personal information.
For the same suspected reason, the State Department is shifting its personnel from the historic location to the New York Palace Hotel for the annual September meetings of the United Nations.
In fact, the Associated Press notes that the agency's Chinese travel guidelines caution diplomats and business people traveling in the country about the practice of covert communications monitoring and hotel room searches.