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Protecting "Trump"

Trump-branded buildings are likely terror targets, but it’s unclear who will pay for extra security.

President-elect Donald Trump's vast property interests are estimated by Bloomberg to be worth $3 billion, and as he prepares to take office, there are growing concerns in the security and counterterrorism communities over who will foot the bill to protect them.

Trump has a large roster of high-profile properties in the United States — including Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., which opened near the White House amid controversy last October — that already pose unique challenges to law enforcement and a potential security-cost headache.

"Those properties, the prominence of those properties, the marketing and branding around them, puts those facilities at a much higher risk," said Bill Flynn, the former principal deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Infrastructure Protection.

The Secret Service has the authority to protect "persons" — in this case, the president-elect and his family — but it has no obligation to protect a Trump property simply because it bears his name. Spokesman Marty Mulholland told VICE News the agency is not taking any extra measures to protect Trump properties unless the president-elect resides or visits there.

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