What Trump’s Life Will Really Be Like At Mar-A-Lago01/04/2021
After President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20, 2021, President Donald Trump might move to Florida with his wife, Melania Trump, and their son, Barron Trump. The current first family has not commented on their post-White House plans, but Melania toured a Florida private school in December, adding credibility to the rumor.
While Donald Trump was born in Queens and called New York City home for many years, it seems less likely that he will return to the notoriously blue state after Biden’s inauguration. For one thing, he lost the state to Biden, and for another, President Trump voted in Florida, not New York, in the 2020 presidential election. Plus, there’s the fact that the Trumps have spent a good number of holidays and weekends in Florida at his Mar-a-Lago residence during his presidency.
So, if the Trumps do relocate to Florida in 2021, what will the family’s life look like? Here’s what you need to know about Barron’s potential school and what their Palm Beach life might be like in the months ahead.
Barron Trump's potential private school is state-of-the-art
When you are paying as much as $35,150 a year in tuition — yep, that’s more than the in-state tuition at most public colleges — you had better be getting some bang for your buck. And the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, which has students ranging in age from Pre-K all the way to seniors in high school, offers just that. The school has four pools, 99 sports teams, and an incredible 52 buildings.
The Trumps have not confirmed that 14-year-old Barron Trump will be attending the school in fall 2021, but the rumor mill has been churning in full force ever since Melania Trump paid the school a visit last month. It’s a 41-minute drive from Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach to the Pine Crest School, according to Google Maps.
The Trumps have kept Barron out of the public eye throughout Donald Trump’s presidency, but hopefully, he will enjoy all that the school has to offer if he does, in fact, enroll there in 2021.
The Trumps will still be protected by Secret Service agents
The Former Presidents Protection Act affords all former presidents, as well as their spouses and children under 16, a lifetime of Secret Service protection. So, whether the Trumps relocate to Palm Beach or to another part of the country, they will still have that security detail in place. ABC News reported in November 2020 that some of the president’s current Secret Service agents have been asked whether or not they would be interested in moving to Florida to keep working for him, once again fueling the rumors of a post-White House move for the Trumps.
But aside from the Secret Service protection and Barron’s potential new school, the Trumps will not enjoy quite as many luxuries as they have in the past. The Palm Beach Post noted that, “while [Donald Trump] served as president, air traffic was diverted away from Mar-a-Lago for security reasons.” After Trump leaves office, though, planes will likely fly above Mar-a-Lago again, creating a potential headache for any Trumps who may be light sleepers.
And in addition to the noise pollution, The Palm Beach Post also pointed out that the Trumps’ potential new home in Mar-a-Lago is “far smaller” than their previous Trump Tower residence. New York City is the butt of plenty of small apartment jokes, but the Trumps were the exception to the rule.
Donald Trump's private helipad will be torn down
While in office, President Donald Trump enjoyed a private helipad in Palm Beach to accommodate Marine One, but that will come to an end in January 2021. People reported in November 2020 that, when Trump leaves office, the helipad will be torn down. According to the magazine, air traffic will not be allowed to land there after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
The landing pad was constructed in 2017, and Palm Beach gave the president permission to use it during his time in office for “business related to the presidency.” But, as People reported, Palm Beach does not normally allow non-emergency helicopters to land in the town. So, when there is no more presidential business for Trump to conduct in Florida, the helipad will be making its own grand exit, evidently.
Whether or not the Trumps are moving to Florida post-presidency has yet to be confirmed, but the move seems ever more likely, especially now that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have purchased a $30 million lot in Florida, too. (They would likely be too far from the Pine Crest School for their children to attend the same institution as Barron, though.) Not every Floridian will be thrilled, but Trump is bound to receive a warmer welcome in Florida than he would in New York.
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