On Sunday, after celebrating Mother’s Day at Mar-a-Lago with son Barron and wife Melania by enjoying a final Florida brunch, Donald Trump was spotted jetting off to spend the summer in New Jersey.
Trump, 74, has relocated all of his political and fundraising operations to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. He is expected to live at the resort until October.
📹Trump arrives at Palm Beach International Airport this evening with a large security presence as he leaves Florida for New Jersey.
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The switch north allows Trump to avoid the coming summer heat in Florida while still putting him close to New York’s financial center and glitzy parties where billionaires rub shoulders during the Hamptons summer season.
And it means Trump’s championship golf course, Bedminster, will become the nerve center of operations as his supporters plot against their Republican opponents.
Trump has hinted that he could run for President in 2024, but aides insist a decision won’t be made until they’ve assessed the political currents in the 2022 House and Senate elections.
Melania Trump, 51, wore a black and white polka dot dress as she dined with Donald and Barron, 15, who sported noticeably longer hair for the occasion, according to photos and video posted online Sunday.
Later on, Sunday evening, photos emerged online of Trump boarding a private jet in Florida. The Cessna is registered to a Trump-owned corporation. Several boxes seem to have been taken onto the flight by aides.
It’s uncertain if Melania and Barron will join him in New Jersey, a move that will most likely be influenced by Barron’s school schedule.
Reportedly, Mother’s Day was Trump’s signal to leave.
“The main house will close before the fall, and the Trumps will spend the summer at their Bedminster club,” a source told the Daily Mail.
Trump, according to Florida Republican operative Larry Casey, is a creature of habit. “It’s what he’s done for the past 20 years,’ he continued. “spend the winter in Florida and then return north.”
Instead of rushing to Mar-a-Lago for a meeting with Trump ambitious Republicans will now visit his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club.
“All of these people would want to hold fundraisers for their campaigns at Donald Trump’s Bedminster party,” the source said.
“You’ll also attract the major financial wizards from New York City, who will be able to come for the day rather than staying overnight in Florida.”
In late 2019, Trump formally changed his tax residency from New York to Florida.
Don Jr., Ivanka, and Tiffany Trump, three of Trump’s adult children, have all moved to Florida.
Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband, is from New Jersey, and his parents still live there. The couple is rumored to be renovating a home on the Bedminster course and could pursue the former president north.
Only Eric Trump has stayed in the New York area at least for now.
Meanwhile, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is investigating potential federal tax evasion charges against Trump.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is still looking into his business dealings as part of a civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization and whether it lied about land prices to get loans or tax breaks.
No charges have been filed against Trump; however, they are speaking with several people within Trump’s inner circle.
Brunch for Mother’s Day is the last event at Mar-a-Lago before the club closes for the summer.
Tiffany, Eric, and Don Jr. all posted Mother’s Day messages to their mothers and wives on Sunday, as did the rest of the Trump family.
Last week, Trump gave a sort of farewell address.
‘So, I just want to thank everybody,” he said at an event to endorse Missouri Rep. Billy Long. “This is sort of a close-out. Now we go through the summer. We’ll be back here in October, maybe a little bit sooner.”
On Saturday, Trump was photographed golfing with Senator Lindsey Graham at his West Palm Beach club.
On Friday, the senator said that the Republican Party cannot “move forward” without the former president.
“I would just say to my Republican colleagues, can we move forward without President Trump? The answer is no,” Graham told Sean Hannity on Fox News on Friday.
On Saturday, Trump, dressed in a white polo and a red MAGA hat, hit the links with golf buddy Graham, dressed in a light blue polo, at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida.
Since leaving office in January, Trump has made the Mar-a-Lago club his operational headquarters.
From Washington, he traveled south with a small team to lay the groundwork for a new political operation, planning how to raise money and invest it during next year’s mid-term elections.
The former president has spent most of the last three and a half months at his nearby West Palm Beach golf course, playing rounds with senior Republicans like Sen. Graham and others contemplating a run for president in 2024, like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
And Mar-a-Lago has become the go-to spot for allies seeking Trump’s support as they attempt to unseat members of his party that he believes failed to protect him in the wake of the January 6 assault on the US Capitol.