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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Trump and the Third Amendment

The military may rent space in Trump Tower to protect the president and his family. This arrangement is reminiscent of Vice President Biden renting out property in Delaware to protect his home.

From CNN:
"In order to meet official mission requirements, the Department of Defense is working through appropriate channels and in accordance with all applicable legal requirements in order to acquire a limited amount of leased space in Trump Tower," Lt. Col. JB Brindle, a Defense Department spokesman, told CNN. "The space is necessary for the personnel and equipment who will support the POTUS at his residence in the building."
Military support for a president, including the military staff assigned to keeping the "nuclear football" nearby, requires close proximity to the commander in chief, which is why the Pentagon needs to rent a more expensive space closer to the penthouse where Trump resides when he's in New York.
A floor at the 58-story building rents for $1.5 million a year.

Salon hopped right on the story: "Yet another controversy arises over the misuse of Trump Tower."

Yes, how dare the military protect the president.

Before citing the "emoluments clause" in the Constitution, I suggest critics read the Third Amendment:
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Presidents have rights, too.

You want the space, you gotta pay -- even if the reason is to protect the home's owner.

Ain't that correct, Joe Biden?


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  1. You keep forgetting Don, different laws/actions for Dems and Rep. Maybe another book?

    1. You know, history has a habit of unexpectedly jumping up and biting Leftards on the ass.

      Witness the way the Age of Aquarius Seventies so rapidly morphed into Materialistic Eighties.

      I suspect the Fascist Left will, on the not so distant future, find themselves cut off, surrounded, and besieged.

  2. I am expecting Trump to do something epic with this. As much as he loves the military, I could see a lease being done at bargain basement rates.
    I could be wrong, lets see.

    1. Not likely on Trump's direct orders or involvement. Remember, he's now officially and legally out of the loop regarding the business affairs of the Trump organization. How he handles interactions between the building management and his family living quarters could be another sticky issue, but I imagine he will not run up the enormous vacation bills on the taxpayers' dime his predecessor did. Overall, as far as the US Treasury goes, I'd expect the collateral expenses of the Trump White House to be a wash, if not much better, for the US taxpayer than the last guy's.

  3. I reckon as how there's a few soldiers who wouldn't mind quartering some Leftards.

    Not as in domiciling, but as in dividing into four parts.

  4. Donald won't be skinny dipping on the government dime like Gropin Joe did. Advantage: Trump.

  5. 100 million bucks for Obama family vacations. Just sayin'.