Could President-elect Trump make money off of his security detail?

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If the Secret Service moves into Trump Tower, President-elect Donald Trump could make taxpayer money off of his own security detail. (KTRK)

Trump Tower could soon be getting a new tenant: the Secret Service.

A law enforcement official tells CNN that the Secret Service is considering renting a whole floor of the famed tower in order to establish a 24/7 command post to help ensure the safety of the future First Family, who won't all be moving to the White House in January.

Melania and 10-year-old Barron will continue to live in Trump Tower until the end of Barron's school year, Trump has said.

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Josh Einiger reports from Midtown.



Regardless of when they relocate, the command post at Trump Tower won't be cheap. The going price for the space is around $1.5 million annually.

The price tag is striking, but it's not just the cost that's raising eyebrows. The Trump Organization owns Trump Tower, so tax payers would be paying the President-elect for his own security.

Officials say plans are still evolving since many details of the presidential transition are still up in the air.

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A separate law enforcement official says the number of NYPD officers protecting Trump Tower could grow to 300, at a cost of about $1 million per day, adding that a separate command may be needed just to focus on security for the future president.
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