After Joe Biden’s inauguration as the new President of the United States yesterday, Donald Trump (74) flew to South Florida and spent his first night as a former US President at his favorite resort. As a private citizen, he could live in the Palm Beach facility. Advantage: He could often swing the iron at the nearby Trump International Golf Club.
The move was also made out of protest, since he has almost become a persona non grata, an undesirable person, in the Big Apple. And Mar-a-Lago has been his favorite property for almost four decades.
Is Trump even allowed to live here?
The official owner is the “Trump Organization”. As early as 1993, Trump had contractually assured the authorities in Palm Beach that it was not his place of residence.
But it now seems that this can become a major problem. Because: He was only a club member so far and was only allowed to live there 21 days a year. Means: If he adheres to this contract, he may only be in the resort for three weeks so that it does not become a permanent residence!
Now some neighbors are climbing the barricades: A lawyer sent a letter to the mayor with the suggestion that Trump should move to another place of residence.
What is Trump doing now?
In Florida his eldest son Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle and his son Eric and his wife Lara keep him company, reports the Telegraph.
The couple bought a piece of land near Palm Beach to be closer to Trump.
The “Huffington Post” reports: One of the first calls from Trump after Biden was sworn in to Lindsey Graham, Senator from South Carolina and loyal ally. Trump reportedly told him that this “is probably the second most beautiful place next to the White House”.
Trump also told him that he was currently “looking for some lawyers” for his impeachment proceedings. “He’s trying to put a team together,” Graham told reporters.
Trump will not resort to his usual trial lawyers: Rudy Giuliani, his longtime personal attorney, has already stepped aside because he could theoretically be called as a witness in the case. Other lawyers have already declined to work for Trump.
In the next few days Trump will probably prepare for the processes that could possibly begin next week, i.e. in the last week of January. He’s sure to have a nice spot.
And his fans are happy about his arrival: On Trump’s way to Mar-a-Lago, his supporters waved “Trump 2020” flags and signs saying “Welcome home”. Others shouted “I love you” as his motorcade passed.
One thing is clear: Trump will remain an important opposition figure in US politics from his new base: He is expected to sharply criticize successor Joe Biden (78) at every opportunity and to oppose what he sees as a “traitor” within the Republican Party.