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Trump Tower brokers now marketing taxpayer-funded Secret Service as a perk to wealthy buyers

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Is there any benefit of the presidency that Donald Trump or his associates won’t try to use to personally enrich their businesses?

It’s a question that’s been asked regularly over the past month, and it’s certain to get asked again now that Secret Service protection is now being marketed as a Trump Tower perk to prospective buyers and renters.

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Politico reports that real estate agencies have been trying to sell apartments and condos in Trump Tower by touting the best-in-class security that will be delivered by the Secret Service.

“Fifth Avenue Buyers Interested in Secret Service Protection?” wrote one real estate agency pushing a $2.1 million condo inside the tower.

“The New Aminity [sic] – The United States Secret Service,” read a flier posted by another agency, which also touted the apartment it was selling as “The Best Value in the Most Secure Building in Manhattan.”

American taxpayers right now are paying an estimated $500,000 per day to keep Trump Tower secure, and the building could make additional money off taxpayers by having the Secret Service pay rent to fund a permanent presence there.


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WATCH: Maddow goes off on GOP governor for not alerting residents of meat packing plant COVID-19 outbreak

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Wednesday harshly criticized Iowa's Republican governor for not alerting residents to an apparent COVID-19 outbreak at a meatpacking plant.

"The highest per-capita infection rate in the state of Iowa right now is in one Buena Vista County, population around 20,000," Maddow explained. "More than 3% of the entire population of the county is now confirmed to be infected."

"Now, where are all of these infections coming from?" she asked rhetorically. "You know by now, right, without me even having to say it. You know, and I know, even without having to look it up on a map. And local reporters know exactly what drives those kinds of epidemic spike numbers. Everybody knows what's going on."

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Eric Trump bragged about the stock market as the US crossed 100,000 dead — and it didn’t go well

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On Wednesday, the number of reported coronavirus deaths in the United States officially hit the 100,000 mark — a milestone experts have been anticipating for days.

But at the same time, President Donald Trump's second son chose to take the moment to brag about how the stock market was doing.

GREAT DAY for the DOW!! https://t.co/t0cK3wOKUu

— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) May 27, 2020

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Navajo Nation got masks from a former Trump official — that ‘are not approved by the FDA’: report

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The Indian Health Service acknowledged on Wednesday that 1 million respirator masks it purchased from a former Trump White House official do not meet Food and Drug Administration standards for “use in healthcare settings by health care providers.”

The IHS statement calls into question why the agency purchased expensive medical gear that it now cannot use as intended. The masks were purchased as part of a frantic agency push to supply Navajo hospitals with desperately needed protective equipment in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

ProPublica revealed last week that Zach Fuentes, President Donald Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, formed a company in early April and 11 days later won a $3 million contract with IHS to provide specialized respirator masks to the agency for use in Navajo hospitals. The contract was granted with limited competitive bidding.

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