President Obama will not be staying at the Waldorf Astoria, his usual posh Manhattan digs, when he travels to New York Friday night for a fundraiser and a Broadway show with his daughters.
The White House would not say whether the Secret Service changed the venue amid fears that the place could be bugged after it was sold to a Chinese insurance company last year for nearly $2 billion.
Presidential press secretary Josh Earnest said that "a number of factors" go into planning where the president stays when he travels and didn't have any details about where he will spend the night.
Earnest noted that it is unusual for Obama to stay overnight in New York because he usually comes back to Washington on such short trips.
He acknowledged, however, that when he does remain in Manhattan for trips like his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly, "He does typically stay at the Waldorf."
The New York Post reported Thursday that Obama would shift to the Millennium's One U.N. New York near the U.N., and quoted "sources" saying it would likely be his regular hotel when he's in town from this point forward.
Obama is resting his head in New York City so he can spend time with his girls, Sasha and Malia. "The president is looking forward to a rare opportunity that he'll have to spend a little personal time with his daughters in New York over the weekend," Earnest said.