What if Trump wants to live in Trump Tower? NY mayor weighs in

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW YORK: What if spec­u­la­tion proves cor­rect and Don­ald Trump de­cides against set­tling in Wash­ing­ton and main­tains his prin­ci­pal res­i­dence in New York?

That’s the ques­tion the city’s mayor Bill de Bla­sio raised on Fri­day. Since his elec­tion last week, the real es­tate bil­lion­aire who has al­ways lived in New York-has hardly left Man­hat­tan. He has spent most of the time en­trenched with his fam­ily and ad­vi­sors in his Fifth Av­enue build­ing, Trump Tower, caus­ing havoc in the heart of the coun­try’s largest city due to his se­cu­rity de­tail and on­go­ing anti-Trump protests. “We have never faced that sit­u­a­tion be­fore,” De Bla­sio told re­porters. Al­though he pro­vided no con­crete fig­ures, De Bla­sio said se­cu­rity for the pres­i­dent-elect has been more for­mi­da­ble than dur­ing the an­nual UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly, which brings to­gether dozens of world lead­ers.

City au­thor­i­ties-who ex­pect Trump to re­main in Man­hat­tan as the holidays ap­proach-plan to re­in­force se­cu­rity mea­sures and traf­fic restric­tions al­ready in place around Trump Tower un­til his in­au­gu­ra­tion in Wash­ing­ton on Jan­uary 20.

De Bla­sio, who met Trump in his tower on Wed­nes­day, re­fused to spec­u­late. “The pres­i­dent elect has to get into of­fice and have the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in the White House and make the de­ci­sion that’s right for him and his fam­ily,” he said.

“When the pres­i­dent-elect takes on the role of pres­i­dent of the United States and has that re­spon­si­bil­ity, the need to be in Wash­ing­ton and deal with sit­u­a­tions that can only be han­dled from the White House will be­come quite fre­quent,” he added. “But it’s not right to pre­judge.”

What­ever hap­pens, De Bla­sio did not hide the fact that he hopes to limit the cost and re­cu­per­ate the “max­i­mum” pos­si­ble re­im­burse­ment from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Apart from the ad­di­tional po­lice and anti-ter­ror­ist units de­ployed 24 hours a day around Trump Tower, De Bla­sio high­lighted the loss of rev­enue suf­fered by area busi­nesses due to traf­fic jams and anti-Trump demon­stra­tions.

And he called on New York­ers to avoid the area as much as pos­si­ble when driv­ing or rid­ing in cars. —AFP

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