President Obama breaks decades-long Waldorf Astoria tradition

Obama Breaks Decades-Long Waldorf Astoria Tradition

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.

The change is thought to be made after the Waldorf-Astoria was sold to the Chinese-owned Anbang Insurance Group last year for $1.95 billion.

According to WABC, U.S. officials fear the possible presence of listening devices.

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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.
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