After winning the election, the Trump family shocked everyone when they revealed that Melania and Barron Trump would not be moving into the White House this year. This left many wondering whether Donald Trump himself would be moving into the White House, or if he would commute there from New York City.
Now, the answer to this question has been revealed.
President-elect Donald Trump shed more light on his plans for his living and working arrangements once he officially becomes president of the United States.
Talking to ‘Fox News Sunday’s’ Chris Wallace, the incoming commander-in-chief- said he was going to live in the White House with his family, wife Melania and 10-year-old son Barron.
‘We will be staying in the White House,’ the president-elect confirmed.
He also told the Sunday show host that he was actively pursuing how to include his eldest daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner in his administration.
‘Barron’s going to finish up school because he’s got just a couple of months to go so it’s a little hard to take him out of school,’ Trump explained. ‘And Melania will be back and forth that first couple of months.’
Wallace asked the Republican if he wouldn’t get ‘lonely rattling around the White House’ all by himself.
‘No, I’ll be working. I’ll be working. It’s a very special place and it represents so much and there’s a lot to do, there’s a lot to do, more than I ever thought,’ Trump replied.
‘There’re so many things we can do to “Make America Great Again” and that’s what it’s all about,’ the president-elect continued, repeating his campaign slogan.
‘I’ll be working, I won’t be lonely at all,’ Trump added.
While Trump told Wallace that he still planned to hand over his businesses to his three adult children, Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr., the president-elect said his transition team was working on figuring out how Ivanka and Jared Kushner could play a role in his administration.
‘We will have to see how the laws read,’ Trump said.
There’s a federal nepotism law that could make official roles for the couple legally and politically problematic.
‘If you look at Ivanka, you take a look and she’s so strong, as you know, on the women’s issue and childcare and so many things, she would be so good – nobody could do better than her – we’ll have to see whether or not we can do that,’ Trump acknowledged.
Politico reported last week that Ivanka planned to hire a chief of staff and several aides to assist her as she moves into the role of the first daughter, which historically has been an unofficial role.
‘And I’d love to have Jared helping us with deals with other nations,’ Trump said. ‘Let’s see if we can do peace in the Middle East and other things.’
Kushner, a real estate developer and media tycoon in his own right, helped his father-in-law run a lean and data-centric campaign, which allowed for his Electoral College victory using fewer resources than Clinton’s team.
Calling his son-in-law ‘very talented,’ Trump said his team was looking at what could be done from a legal standpoint right now.
The president-elect also maintained that his kids, including Ivanka, would be taking over his business – and that it wouldn’t present a conflict of interest.
‘They’re not president,’ Trump responded when Wallace pointed out that Trump had bashed his rival Hillary Clinton, suggesting she was using the Clinton Foundation as a way for donors to pay to play while she was serving as secretary of state.
‘Oh, I see what you’re getting at,’ the president-elect acknowledged.
He told Wallace that the kids won’t be making deals for the company while he’s in office.
‘They’re not making deals. And they’re going to run my company – I have a lot of property and great stuff. They’re going to run it,’ Trump said. ‘Hopefully, they’re going to run it properly.’
‘But I’m not going to do deals,’ he added. ‘And I think – you know, I think that’s going to be good.’
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