Military may have to pay rent to perform duties at Trump Tower

The Department of Defense says it needs a space inside Trump Tower for daily tasks — only it looks like it will have to pay rent.

Military staff — separate from the Secret Service — are always near the president. For instance, those handling the so-called "nuclear football" containing the president's launch codes must travel everywhere with him.

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A military aide carries the president's nuclear 'football' as US President Barack Obama returns to the White House , May 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. 

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Two military aides carry the nuclear football as they prepare to travel with U.S. President Donald Trump on Marine One at the White House, on February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump is making an unnannounced trip to Dover Air Force bace in Delaware to pay his respects to Chief Special Warfare Operator William 'Ryan' Owens, who was killed during a raid in Yemen. Owens is the first active military service member to die in combat during Trump's presidency.

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US President Donald Trump leaves the CIA headquarters after speaking to 300 people on January 21, 2017 in Langley, Virginia . Trump spoke with about 300 people in his first official visit with a government agency. In the background a military aid carries the 'football', with launch codes for nuclear weapons.

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Military aides carry the nuclear football as they walk to Marine One to travel with U.S. President Barack Obama from the White House, on January 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Obama is traveling to Chicago where he will deliver his farewell speech.

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A military aide carries the 'football,' a case with he launch codes for nuclear weapons, as he follows U.S. President Barack Obama across the South Lawn before boarding Marine One and departing the White House August 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama is traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to survey historic flooding that has damaged more almost 70,000 homes and killed at least 13 people.

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Although President Donald Trump now lives in the White House, his wife and youngest son still live in a Trump Tower penthouse.

The military said it's aiming for a space close to that penthouse, but that would likely make it more expensive.

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Officials haven't said how much they want to spend. According to CNN, renting a floor in the tower costs about $1.5 million a year. The Secret Service already has a space in the tower near the first lady and her son. It's unclear exactly how much space the service rented or how much it pays for rent.

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Exterior view of the entrance to Trump Tower (at 721 Fifth Avenue), New York, New York, January 10, 2017.

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An interior view of Trump Tower, November 16, 2016 in New York City. Trump is in the process of choosing his presidential cabinet as he transitions from a candidate to the president-elect.

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The Trump Tower skyscraper on fifth avenue of Donald Trump property, the new president of the United States of America on January 31,2017 in New York. The structure is used both for offices and for residential apartments.

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People look from the windows of Trump Tower as protesters gather on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Throngs of demonstrators held marches across the United States on Wednesday to protest Republican Donald Trump's surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks with the media after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, U.S. November 16, 2016.

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The John Hancock building, left, and Trump Tower, right, stand in the cityscape as seen from the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Willis Tower, formerly named the Sears Tower, is the tallest building in the U.S. and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago with over one million visitors to its observation deck each year.

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Exterior view of the 2011 Holiday Windows at the Trump Tower on December 2, 2011 in New York City.

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A New York City Police (NYPD) officer walks with a dog inside the lobby at Trump Tower, November 14, 2016 in New York City. Trump is in the process of choosing his presidential cabinet as he transitions from a candidate to the president-elect.

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Interior view of escalators in Trump Tower (at 721 Fifth Avenue), New York, New York, January 10, 2017.

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Trump Tower skyscraper at 5th Avenue and 56th Street on August 24th, 2013 in New York City

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American businessman Donald Trump in his office in Trump Tower, Fifth Avenue, New York, 1999.

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circa 1980: Shops and shoppers inside Trump Tower in New York City.

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Tourists walk through Trump Tower on December 16, 2016 in New York City. Since President-Elect Donald Trump's win, thousands of Trump fans, tourists and the simply curious have converged inside Trump Tower. Trump continues to hold meetings with potential members of his cabinet and others at his midtown office.

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Interior view of escalators in Trump Tower (at 721 Fifth Avenue), New York, New York, January 10, 2017.

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Trump Tower skyscraper at 5th Avenue and 56th Street on August 24th, 2013 in New York City.

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A U.S. Secret Service member rides an escalator inside Trump Tower, November 11, 2016 in New York City. On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he 'has a busy day in New York' and 'will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government.'

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An image of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hangs inside a freight elevator at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 7, 2016.

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The Washington Post notes the military has had similar setups for past presidents, like Barack Obama's house in Chicago.

The difference here is President Trump has yet to show he's separated himself from the Trump Organization, which would receive the military's rent payments.

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