President-elect Donald Trump just won the rights to live in one of the most exclusive addresses in the United States, but one of the richest men in the nation isn't actually keen about leaving his home at Trump Tower for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump, who often slept at home even during his demanding campaign schedule, is expected to continue living in New York after he becomes president in January.
Trump, the future first lady, Melania Trump, and the couple’s 10-year-old son, Barron, will likely officially move to Washington at some point. But the family is firmly rooted in New York City and will continue spending much of their time there, the New York Times reported Saturday.
Part of the issue is Barron attends school in New York, and, like with many parents, the Trump aren't eager to disrupt their son and enroll him in a new school midway through the academic year. Trump is expected to spend much of his week in Washington as president, and return to his various homes in Manhattan, Bedminster, New Jersey, or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on weekends.
Trump lives and works in the same building now, so the bubble of the White House wouldn't be totally foreign. At Trump Tower, his three-story apartment is on the 58th floor, and a designated elevator transports him to his office on the 26th floor.
But Trump is perhaps used to a more opulent lifestyle than even the 224-year-old White House, with its 132 rooms and historic treasures such as a grand piano presented to President Franklin D. Roosevelt by Theodore Steinway in 1938, may afford. Trump's home on New York City's exclusive Fifth Avenue is decorated in 24-karat gold and marble in the Louis XIV style. He has called it a tribute to his own self-image.
Aides expect Trump will move to the White House full-time once he gets used to the idea of being president. And he has said in the past he would relocate if the American people gave him the job.
“Yes, I would live in the White House because it’s the appropriate thing to do,” he said last year. “I would work. And I would make the country great again. That’s what you have to do.”
If the Trumps do move to the White House, they can redecorate to reflect their personal style -- but only to a certain point. The first lady can work with an interior designer of her choice, just as the Obamas and Clintons did, to upgrade the living quarters, but the Lincoln Room and the Yellow Oval Room cannot be overhauled.
When asked about living at the White House in an interview last year in People magazine, Trump said he would "maybe touch it up a little bit." "But the White House is a special place, you don’t want to do much touching," Trump said.