02 Sep Waldorf-Astoria Now Off Limits for Obama
September 28, 2016 | by Marissa Pavone:
With the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly convening this week, President Obama visited New York City to address the gathering.
It’s been tradition since the presidency of Herbert Hoover that when presidents are in town they stay in the Waldorf-Astoria, but that was not the case this time around. The Secret Service announced that the Waldorf-Astoria is now off limits.
Anbang, a Chinese Insurance conglomerate, bought the hotel for $1.9 billion in May. This now raises security concerns that the President’s room could be wiretapped by the Chinese government.
The Secret Service chose YOTEL in Times Square instead of the Waldorf-Astoria, which is soundproof for presidential sleepovers in New York.