First Lady Melania Trump may not move into the White House at any point during her husband’s presidency, instead living in New York to take care of her 10-year-old son, Barron.
Shortly after President Donald Trump won the 2016 election in November, he announced that Melania would remain in New York with their son so he can finish the school year at home. Melania and her son make the 90-minute commute to the White House most weekends.
This arrangement is entirely unprecedented for a first family. According to CNN, protecting the Trumps in one of the most densely populated parts of Manhattan costs New York City about $1 million a day.
“This is a very substantial undertaking. It will take substantial resources,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We will begin the conversation with the federal government shortly on reimbursement for the NYPD for some of the costs that we are incurring.”
And, as Us Weekly reports, this setup may remain permanent, even after Barron finishes up the school year.
“They will reevaluate toward the end of the school year if they will keep this arrangement or if Melania and Barron will move to Washington,” says a source close to the family. “They could go either way right now. They will ultimately do what’s best for Barron.”
The president doesn’t seem too fazed about being separated from his family for most of the week.
When asked if he feels lonely in an empty White House, he responded, “No, because I end up working longer. And that’s OK.”
Some have wondered whether Melania’s choice to remain in New York means that she will not take up the duties of a first lady. A source close to her reportedly put those rumors to rest.
“Melania is actively building her team, including hiring a chief of staff, a senior adviser and a social secretary, among other key positions,” said the source. “While she is a mom first, she is very much embracing the role and responsibilities of first lady.”
Sources: Us Weekly, CNN / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr