Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency wasting taxpayer money by traveling to one of his properties or another nearly every weekend – but he’s studiously avoided his home base of New York City. This week he finally went back to Manhattan for an event on the USS Intrepid, but even now he’s lodging across the river in New Jersey. It’s become suspicious enough that he’s begun tweeting defensively about it.
Trump just posted this bizarre tweet: “The reason I am staying in Bedminster, N. J., a beautiful community, is that staying in NYC is much more expensive and disruptive. Meetings!” (link). But of course he’s already shown he doesn’t care how much taxpayer money he wastes on his trips. The cold hard reality is that he’s afraid to spend the night at Trump Tower in New York City. And there could be a few different reasons for that.
There are those who believe Melania Trump’s decision to remain behind at Trump Tower instead of moving to the White House is a sign of a rocky marriage. If so, then it would follow that she doesn’t want him at Trump Tower. In turn that would suggest she has the kind of leverage over him that could scare him into not setting foot in his own home, which has his name emblazoned on the building. But let’s say it’s not just a marriage thing.
Trump may be afraid to spend too much time in the State of New York, considering the criminal case that State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman appears to be building against him and his associates (link). Just before Trump’s tweet this evening, we reported that Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev is also in New Jersey right now, just 34 miles from Trump’s location (link). And if it’s none of those things, perhaps Trump truly is paranoid enough to believe that President Obama somehow wiretapped Trump Tower. But one way or the other, Trump is afraid to go home. Help fund Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report