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Donald Trump to change primary residence from New York to Florida

Mr Trump said New York will ‘always have a special place in my heart’.

Donald Trump will be making Palm Beach, Florida, his permanent residence (Evan Vucci/AP)
Donald Trump will be making Palm Beach, Florida, his permanent residence (Evan Vucci/AP)

By Zeke Miller, Associated Press

US President Donald Trump has said he will make Palm Beach, Florida, his permanent residence after leaving the White House, rather than returning to Trump Tower in New York.

Mr Trump will follow in the well-trodden path of many other septuagenarian New Yorkers who have been drawn to Florida’s year-round warmth, sunshine and low taxes.

The move also safely ensconces Mr Trump in the glitzy world of Palm Beach and away from the protests of solidly Democratic Manhattan.

Mr Trump, who was born in New York and whose developer-turned-reality-star persona was honed there, tweeted that the city “will always have a special place in my heart!”

But he complained that he had been “treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state” despite paying “millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year”.

“In the end it will be best for all concerned,” he tweeted.

The move marked the first concrete step by Mr Trump to contemplate his post-presidency at a time when he is embroiled in an impeachment fight in Washington and a trying re-election campaign next year.

Mr Trump said he hopes the White House remains his home for another five years, but that Florida would be his primary residence.

The New York Times reported that Mr Trump had filed “declaration of domicile” paperwork changing his “predominant and principal home” to his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Mr Trump won Florida’s 29 electoral votes in 2016 by just over 110,000 voters, less than 1% of the state’s total.

Aides believe his likeliest path to a second term in 2020 relies on a repeat victory in the swing state and have invested millions to shore up support.

He's all yours, Florida Andrew Cuomo, New York governor

The move brings Mr Trump to year-round golf climes and a state with no income or inheritance taxes – likely providing substantial savings to the president and his heirs.

The move was met with derision by many New York Democrats, including the city’s mayor, Bill De Blasio, who tweeted his “deepest condolences to the good people of Florida”.

And New York governor Andrew Cuomo bid Mr Trump “good riddance” in a statement.

The Democrat added: “It’s not like Mr Trump paid taxes here anyway. He’s all yours, Florida.”

Florida Democratic Party chairman Terrie Rizzo responded with a statement detailing the organisation’s drive to counter Mr Trump in 2020.

The effort has raised 5.2 million dollars so far and hired 91 employees.

“He is not the first person to move to Florida to retire,” Ms Rizzo said.

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