Wow, this is surprising!
Donald Trump’s wife and young son will not be moving to the White House with him when he is inaugurated as the 45th president in January, according to a from The New York Post.
The NY Post says that both Melania Trump and Barron Trump will stay at their penthouse apartment in Trump Tower in New York City so that Barron can continue attending his private school.
“Melania is extremely close to Barron, and they have become closer during the campaign,” a source close to the transition team told the Post. “The campaign has been difficult for Barron, and she is really hoping to keep disruption to a minimum.”
Melania Trump will reportedly travel to Washington as needed. The arrangement will require heavy security in and around Trump Tower.
From The New York Post:
The decision to remain in their Midtown home will increase the security presence around Trump Tower — an effort that will involve both Secret Service and the NYPD, an expert familiar with high-level security told The Post.
“That building is going to become the White House of New York,” said Jim Reese, a former Delta Force commander and president of TigerSwan, a global security company based in North Carolina.
“The Secret Service is going to have to keep that whole area cordoned off so that some wacko can’t get close and detonate a car bomb.”
Barron and Melania will each have an unknown number of Secret Service agents assigned to them in addition to a driver and armored vehicle to take Barron to school. An advance team of agents will swoop down on the school each morning to make sure it’s safe, he added.
I wonder how much this will add to the cost of the Secret Service, and whether that is fair to the American people? Midtown Manhattan isn’t exactly an easy place to guard and secure.
On a call with reporters later Sunday morning, communications director Jason Miller said it has not yet been decided whether Barron and Melania will stay in New York, but added there is “obvious sensitivity” in pulling Barron, 10, from his school in the city’s upper west side before the end of the school year. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell later reported that the pair will move to the White House at the end of the school year in mid-2017. Miller said the Trump transition team will be releasing a formal statement on the matter soon.