Donald Trump plans to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida sometime before Joe Biden takes office, where several current White House staff will work for him or his son-in-law Jared Kushner after his presidency ends. , according to people familiar with the matter.
Trump intends to live in the resort located in Palm Beach, the people said, although some of his future neighbors are trying to prevent him from permanently residing there.
In Washington, the State Department extended an invitation to Biden and his wife, Jill, to stay at the Blair House, a historic home near the White House, the night before the opening on January 20, people familiar with it said. The issue.
The Bidens have agreed to continue that tradition of presidents-elect.
There has been uncertainty in the White House about where Trump would go after his presidency. The aides had taken over Mar-a-Lago, but the president has not told them of his plans or publicly told them what he will do after leaving the presidential compound, the people said.
Kushner plans to live at least part of the time in Miami with his wife, Ivanka Trump, the people said.
Trump aides who plan to work for him or Kushner after the White House include Nick Luna, Director of Operations for the Oval Office; Molly Michael, Trump’s deputy assistant; and Cassidy Hutchinson, assistant chief of staff Mark Meadows, the people said. Luna’s wife, Cassidy Luna, deputy assistant to the president, intends to work for Kushner.
People asked not to be identified because Trump has not made his plans public and could change his mind.
It is unclear when Trump will leave Washington for Florida. The president announced on January 8 that he will not attend Biden’s inauguration, after his false claims that his election had been stolen inspired a bloody riot by his supporters on the US Capitol.
In fact, that announcement was his last tweet before Twitter permanently suspended his account for fear it could use it to provoke more violence. Vice President Mike Pence, who angered Trump by refusing to accept his attempt to reverse the election, was furious with the president after the riots and confirmed, in turn, that he will attend Biden’s inauguration.
Presidents are not constitutionally required to attend the inaugurations of their successors, but traditionally they do so to symbolize the importance of transferring power peacefully.
An attorney representing several of Trump’s neighbors has demanded that Palm Beach declare that the outgoing president cannot live in Mar-a-Lago, citing an agreement he made with the city in the early 1990s when he converted the property. from a private residence to a private club, according to the Washington Post. So far, the city is not known to have done anything to stop Trump from living there.
Trump’s staff has begun to leave the White House. On Wednesday, a Reuters photographer removed the president’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, from the White House, carrying a large framed photograph of one of Trump’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photographers also spotted Meadows’ wife, Debbie Meadows, packing a stuffed pheasant in the trunk of a car along with boxes.
With the assistance of Jordan Fabian and Josh Wingrove.
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