While he was on the campaign trail, it was not unusual for Donald Trump to fly back to New York, even late at night, so that he could stay in his penthouse in Trump Tower where he has lived for 30 years. When his new hotel opened in DC not too far from the White House, many wondered if he would and his family would stay there instead of the White House should he be elected president.
Now that Donald Trump is the president-elect,the question of where he will choose to live is very real nad the potential answer to that question is not only quite odd but also very dangerous.
The Daily Telegraph reports that after he is inaugurated, Trump is considering not taking up full residence in the White House but instead spending as much time as possible at his penthouse in New York City.
Trump Tower is increasingly becoming a target of protest and attack by leftists who refuse to accept the results of the presidential election. Since the election, security at Trump Tower has been increased with Secret Service requring everyone entering the building to show ID. The Secret Service has shared with Trump the security nightmare it would be trying to protect him in New York. They have strongly suggested that he live in the White House, the official residence of the president.
Beyond the issue regarding security, how would Donald Trump govern, interact with Congress, and meet with his cabinet if he is not in the White House?
There is also a question whether Melania Trump will move into the White House since the couple’s son, Barron, is in the middle of a school year. The Obamas had similar concerns when he won the presidency in 2008 since his girls were also in school. Ultimately, the entire family, including his mother-in-law, moved into the White House and the Obama girls attended the prestigious Sidwell Friends School.
The only president to not live in the White House was America’s first president, George Washington. He did not live in the White House because it was not yet completed before he ended his term.