While the rest of the country continues to process their emotions following the unexpected outcome of Election Day, one person who may be just as shocked as the rest of us, is Mr. Trump himself. Reports are circulating that Trump is shocked the he actually won and some folks analyzing his post-election demeanor believe that he isn’t too thrilled about his new role. A New York Times article dissects that theory as a whole, and a major part of it involves the President-elect realizing that he may have to part ways with his highly cherished Fifth Avenue penthouse within his namesake Trump Tower.
The piece describes Trump as a homebody who loves waking up in his opulent penthouse so much that he’d rather spend hours on a plane traveling back to New York than to sleep in a hotel. But as his life as he knows it prepares to change exponentially, he’s wondering how much time he’ll get to rest his head at the place he has called home for the past 30 years.
“Mr. Trump...is talking with his advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House. He has told them he would like to do what he is used to, which is spending time in New York when he can,” writes the Times.
It’s not uncommon for the incoming President to ponder about how much of their old lives they will be able to hold on to. But for Trump, it’s a bit different. His Trump Tower penthouse holds immense sentimental value to him. After all, he’s invested a lot of time and money into crafting the 24-karat gold and marble-riddled apartment to be “a tribute to his own self image.” On a tour of the apartment, he told his biographer Michael D’Antonio, “This is a very complex unit. Building this unit, if you look at the columns and the carvings, this building, this unit was harder than building the building itself,” of the 58th floor homestead.
As folks continue to wonder if this is what Trump really wanted, he has until January before he must pack his bags and head to his new residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a.k.a. the White House, kissing his thoughts of waking up in his luxurious Fifth Avenue penthouse or any of his other properties on a daily basis, goodbye.
- Donald Trump Prepares for White House Move, but His Tower May Still Beckon [The New York Times]
- Donald Trump Doesn't Like This Any More Than You Do [Deadspin]