A prominent Democratic Congressman is calling for the House Foreign Affairs Committee to launch in investigation after a New York Times article revealed UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is living in a lavish brand-new $58,000 per month Manhattan penthouse apartment. Taxpayers foot the bill. The average American family earns $56,516 per year.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) took to Twitter overnight, saying, “This is not OK.”
This is not okay. As a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I call on @HouseForeign Chairman @RepEdRoyce to hold an oversight hearing on @StateDept spending on @nikkihaley and her deputy. https://t.co/c2ipX1s79d
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 14, 2018
Haley’s penthouse apartment features five bedrooms and seven or more bathrooms. The building includes a waterfall and fireplace.
The focus of the Times article is the set of $52,000 motorized drapes installed in Haley’s swanky suite, which she uses for official entertaining. The Times notes she has just one part-time maid so being able to close the curtain quickly is important for security purposes.
The listing of Haley’s nearly 6000 square foot apartment notes it was designed by the British “world renowned Architect, Sr. Norman Foster.”
“A rare opportunity is available to rent this full floor condominium on the 40th floor facing all four directions,” the StreetEasy listing reads. “If you are looking for the best, this is the highest and largest penthouse available for rent in this unique midtown United Nations location. A tad shy of 6,000 sq feet!” it brags.
“With views of the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, this coveted condominium across the street from the UN has floor to ceiling glass walls with bay windows throughout and a living/dining room overlooking the beautiful East River. Enjoy the boats and yachts passing by going downtown as well as magnificent skyline views at night.”
“Conveniently located all on one level, this home features corner living and dining rooms as well and two corner master bedrooms. The 11’3″ ceiling height allows for beautiful sunsets and sunrises every day. There are five bedrooms, all with en suite baths with high quality natural stones, some with windows and separate showers stalls and bidets. The interior finishes throughout include custom hardware, and solid white oak floors. The large eat-in-kitchen is outfitted with Varenna white lacquer cabinetry and high end appliances. There are two maids bedrooms in addition and 6.5 baths in total.”
“This penthouse includes valet parking at no additional cost!” the listing concludes.
A 2015 Wall Street Journal article says the apartment was listed for sale at $29.25 million.
The apartment came off the market in September of 2017, well into the Trump administration’s tenure.
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