First Lady Melania Trump may never move into the White House.
According to a family source who spoke to Us Weekly, Melania Trump has every intention of carrying out her duties as First Lady of the United States, but she would prefer to stay in New York City––at least until the end of her husband's presidency. While she has hired a Chief of Staff, she has not spent too much time in Washington, D.C.
Previous reports indicated that Mrs. Trump had opted to stay in New York with her son, Barron, until the end of the school year, so this isn't too much of a surprise.
But this also means that, should she maintain her residence in New York City's Trump Tower, it will likely cost the taxpayers roughly $1 million per day in security costs alone. According to John Miller, the NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism who crunched the numbers shortly after the election results, the expenses come as city police have been assigned to Trump, his children, and his grandchildren, who all live in New York and are entitled to Secret Service protection.
The news sparked criticism from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was quick to point out that the city expects to receive reimbursement for the cost of supporting the Secret Service, particularly police overtime. He called it "a substantial undertaking."
When asked if he gets lonely in the White House without his family, Donald Trump said "no," but that the time away permits him to work longer hours.