Trump's wife, son will not move immediately to White House

Mrs Trump and her son Barron on stage at the New York Hilton Midtown following Mr Trump's victory in the Nov 8 election. The President-elect's wife and son will not move to the White House for at least six months following his inauguration in January
Mrs Trump and her son Barron on stage at the New York Hilton Midtown following Mr Trump's victory in the Nov 8 election. The President-elect's wife and son will not move to the White House for at least six months following his inauguration in January, so as not to uproot the boy in the middle of the school year.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NEW YORK • President-elect Donald Trump's wife Melania and their 10-year-old son Barron will not immediately move to the White House after Mr Trump takes office in January, out of concern for uprooting the boy in the middle of the school year, according to transition officials.

Mrs Trump and Barron will remain in New York for at least another six months, the officials said.

Mr Trump told reporters at his golf course in New Jersey on Sundday that his wife and youngest son would join him "very soon - after he's finished with school".

Mr Trump said he would move to the White House; although with his family remaining at their Trump Tower home, the likelihood may increase that Mr Trump will spend part of the week in New York.

A spokesman for Mr Trump said: "Like any parents, they are concerned about pulling their 10-year-old son out of school in the middle of the year."

The spokesman urged that "the same privacy and security considerations given to previous first families with regard to minor children be extended to the Trumps as well".

The New York Times has previously reported that Mrs Trump was planning to move to the White House eventually but was concerned about disrupting her son's routine.

The New York Post reported on Sunday that she and Barron would not join her husband immediately after the inauguration on Jan 20 next year.

For all of the enthusiasm that the President-elect displayed on the campaign trail, Mrs Trump, a former model, never shared in it. She did not join her husband other than for major events like the Republican National Convention, and she granted few interviews.

She is the main caregiver for their son, who attends a private school in Manhattan and is taken there most days by his mother. She is said to be concerned not just about the potential disruption to her son's life, but also about bringing him closer to the news media spotlight.

Friends have said she plans to revisit the issue at the end of the school year.

The situation is similar to the one Mrs Michelle Obama faced in 2008 after her husband was elected president. Mrs Obama also did not care for the attention that came with the campaign, and she was said to be considering remaining in Chicago with their two daughters. But she ultimately made the move with their children.

Mr Trump and his aides have not said whether he plans to move to the White House full-time, but he has said he would like to be in New York when he can.

Using Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, a major thoroughfare, as a residence for the incoming president's family will create security and logistical hurdles for the Secret Service and the New York Police Department.

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