Despite exiting the White House four years ago, former President Barack Obama has maintained close ties to the nation’s capital, even purchasing a multimillion-dollar house there in 2017, according to CNBC. By contrast, President Donald Trump appears to be ready to leave Washington behind.
According to Washington Examiner correspondent Rob Crilly, the soon-to-be-former president will be making his move this week to a warmer spot — and he won’t be going alone.
Crilly reported Thursday that the president and first lady are planning to relocate to their Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Also heading to the Sunshine State, according to Crilly, is a “small” group of the president’s political staffers, some of whom were said to already be scouting out places to live near Palm Beach, as well as even a few members of the president’s family.
“The New MAGA Mecca”
Former White House spokesman Austin Cantrell argued that the relocation makes sense, given that Florida offers a much more welcoming environment than places like New York or D.C.
“I anticipate Mar-a-Lago, and by extension all of Palm Beach County, to become the new MAGA Mecca. For Republicans, South Florida is a much better place to live than the district — for one, you don’t have to hide your conservatism like it’s a stain on your shirt,” Cantrell, who made the move himself last year, told Crilly.
“Plus, with no state income tax, year-round summer, and a great governor, I’m not sure why everyone hasn’t already moved here,” he added.
However, Crilly noted that not everyone in Palm Beach wants to see Trump on a full-time basis. Would-be neighbors of the president are said to be trying to force the county to block Trump from living at Mar-a-Lago, arguing that a mid-1990s agreement bars him from maintaining a permanent residence at the resort.
What’s more, reports indicate that at least one Palm Beach County official is trying to pull the locality out of a lease on the president’s Trump International Gulf Club in West Palm Beach.
Trump camp heads south
According to Crilly, others in the Trump camp who are planning to relocate to the Sunshine State include the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., who is reportedly moving from New York City to Jupiter, Florida. His girlfriend, former Fox News contributor and adviser to the president Kimberly Guilfoyle, is expected to join him.
The couple have been spotted house-hunting in the area, as has the president’s youngest daughter, Tiffany, who “is said to be looking to buy a condo or house in South Beach,” The Mercury News reports.
Meanwhile, Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner have acquired a $31 million chunk of land on an exclusive private island known as Indian Creek Village, according to reports.