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Trump plans to live at Mar-a-Lago, employ some current aides

Although some neighbours are attempting to stop the outgoing president from taking up permanent residency there.
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Donald Trump plans to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida the morning of Joe Biden’s inauguration, where several current White House staff are expected to work for him or his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, after his presidency, according to people familiar with the matter.

Trump intends to live at the Palm Beach resort, the people said, though some of his future neighbours are trying to stop him from taking up permanent residence.

In Washington, the State Department extended an invitation to Biden and his wife, Jill, to stay at Blair House, a historic home near the White House, the night before the inauguration on January 20, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Bidens have accepted, people familiar with the matter say, continuing a tradition for presidents-elect.

There has been uncertainty in the White House about where Trump would go after his presidency. Aides had assumed Mar-a-Lago, but the president hadn’t told them his plans or said publicly what he’ll do after leaving the White House, the people said.

Kushner plans to live in at least part of the time in Miami with his wife, Ivanka Trump, the people said.

Trump aides who may work for him after the White House include Nick Luna, the director of Oval Office Operations and Trump’s “body man;” Molly Michael, a deputy assistant to Trump; and Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, the people said. Luna’s wife, Cassidy Luna, a deputy assistant to the president, may work for Kushner.

The people asked not to be identified because he hasn’t made them public and might change his mind.

After some speculation among aides that he might leave earlier, Trump now plans to depart Washington for Florida the morning of Jan. 20, according to two people familiar with the matter. The president on Jan. 8 announced he would not attend Biden’s inauguration, after his false claims that the election was stolen from him inspired a bloody riot by his supporters at the US Capitol.

It was his last tweet before Twitter permanently suspended his account over concerns he could use it to spark more violence. Vice President Mike Pence — who angered Trump by refusing to go along with his bid to overturn the election and was furious with the president following the riot — will attend Biden’s inauguration.

Presidents are not constitutionally required to attend the inaugurations of their successors, but they traditionally do so to symbolise the importance of transferring power peacefully.

Boxes, stuffed pheasant

A lawyer representing several of Trump’s neighbours has demanded that Palm Beach declare that the outgoing president can’t live at 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 that would prevent Trump from living there.

Trump’s staff have begun to vacate the White House. On Wednesday, a photographer for Reuters snapped the president’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, carrying a large, framed photograph of one of Trump’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping out of the White House. Photographers also saw Meadows’s wife, Debbie Meadows, packing a stuffed pheasant into the trunk of a car along with boxes.

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“after his false claims that the election was stolen from him inspired a bloody riot by his supporters at the US Capitol.”
This opinion is not supported by the increasing evidence to the contrary that it ignores.
The sources for the gossip presented as fact are typically unidentifiable and thereby prospectively fictitious.
Accordingly the entire article is in the category of prospective fiction and biased opinion presented as fact.
Reproduction should be with mandatory advisory and warnings such as the left wing controlled social media practices.

Twice I tried to submit a comment which was critical of Bloomberg and twice my comment was deleted.

Seriously? After 60 failed court attempts by the Republicans which were thrown out due to lack of evidence.

A really irritating article. Why is Moneyweb accepting this leftist rubbish?

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