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The realtors in charge of selling a condo inside Trump Tower recently heralded the presence of Secret Service agents at the building as an added bonus to prospective buyers.
Brokers from Douglas Elliman sent out an email blast that called Trump Tower the “best value in the most secure building in New York” and then added “The New Aminity [sic] – The United States Secret Service.” The listing was for a one bedroom, 1.5 bathroom condo on the 31st floor that is currently for sale for $2.1 million. The two listing agents on the condo are Ariel Sassoon and Devin Leahy.
When reached by The Hollywood Reporter, Leahy declined to comment. A spokesperson for Douglas Elliman declined to comment.
A source close to the firm confirmed that the email was sent out by the brokers but added, “This is completely unauthorized and done without the knowledge or approval of Douglas Elliman.”
Ever since President-elect Donald Trump signaled his desire to spend as much time as possible at the 58-story high-rise at 721 Fifth Ave., the building has become a flashpoint in the nation’s political conversation. Since his victory in the Nov. 8 election, Trump and his inner circle have been holding interviews with Cabinet hopefuls and making transition plans in his penthouse suite, while protests and the media have been parked outside on Fifth Avenue.
When Trump officially moves to Washington, D.C., the president-elect has said that his wife Melania and son Barron will likely stay in Manhattan so that Barron can finish school.
It is unclear whether using the presence of the Secret Service within marketing materials runs afoul of any laws. Calls to a Secret Service spokesperson were not immediately returned.
According to a recent report by THR, sales at Trump Tower have softened recently, with 31 units in the iconic tower for sale or rent. Roughly 39 percent of the sales and rental listings in the building have been reduced this year.
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