President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t actually want to move into the White House once he takes office.
Instead, he is apparently looking at staying, at least part of the time, in his familiar penthouse apartment in New York City, a dwelling which has taken on an air of representing to the public the grandiosity of Trump’s self image, something put well on display heading into Election Day.
Thus claims, at least, aides close to the enigmatic and fiercely independent businessman turned political leader.
Speaking to the New York Times, these aides said that once Trump takes office he “might spend most of the week in Washington, much like members of Congress, and return to Trump Tower or his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on weekends.”
The aides do note, however, that Trump was impressed with the architecture and design of the White House when he visited with president Obama shortly after the election, and that this admiration for the White House’s aesthetic on Trump’s part will weigh into his final decision.
Trump’s self image and behavior is thus that interwoven with the very public symbol of wealth of his apartment, and this egomania doesn’t even seem to be something that he can put aside in the interest of serving as president of the United States.
What does Trump think he got elected to? The office of America’s most wealthiest man? Why is this a real news story? Is this Trump trying to be “presidential”? If so, he’s failing. Miserably.
In the intervening period between Trump’s recent Election Night assumption of the title of president-elect and the day when he actually takes office, Trump Tower in New York City has, for the record, turned into a focal point for the nationwide anti-Trump protests which have taken place every night since the election thus far — and show no immediate sign of stopping.
Extra security measures have already been implemented at the site while Trump waits to actually be inaugurated, and it actually isn’t even clear if Trump could logistically or appropriately manage his apparent wish to get to spend some time each week at his longtime home.
Certainly, should Trump take the presidency seriously, considering the millions upon millions of lives and complex global diplomatic and economic systems put under his guardianship, then he couldn’t possibly find it in himself to actually contest something as simple as moving from New York City to Washington, D.C.
But, with this being actually a real story, with the president-elect actually considering not moving into the White House full time once he takes office, the American people are thus forced to yet again ponder the havoc which could be wrought across the nation and the world by a man serving as president who basically has absolutely zero idea what he is doing.
He has, after all, never served in a public leadership position before, something which has never before been said of an American president.
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