Donald Trump could arrive in New York City for his first visit since leaving the White House as early as Sunday night, according to multiple reports.
The former president was born in Queens and rose to fame in Manhattan but changed his primary residence to Florida in 2019 and he’s been at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach since he left Washington on January 20.
Then reports of a visit to new york They proliferated on Saturday, the local station WABC-TV reported that police were preparing to increase security around the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in downtown Manhattan. The New York Police Department had no comment.
Trump’s New York home was the target of protests and a heavy police presence from the start of his run for the White House in the summer of 2015 to the end of his term in the acrid aftermath of the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol. .
In July 2020, amid nationwide protests for racial justice and police reform, city officials painted the words “Black Lives Matter” on the street in front of Trump Tower. Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed to have “liberated” that stretch of Fifth Avenue. The mural was repeatedly vandalized.
Trump was indicted a second time for inciting the Capitol uprising, in which five people were killed, as part of his claim that his loss to Joe Biden was the result of election fraud, a lie repeatedly thrown out of court. He was acquitted, when only seven Republican senators voted to convict him.
He remains in control of Republican politics, regularly leading polls of potential presidential nominees for 2024, but this week he is reportedly demanding that the party stop raising funds using his name.
Saturday the New York Daily News quoted Former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, referring to a gold statue that caused a sensation at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida last week when he said: “The human Donald must … be on display for the crowd of New York fans. “
In truth, Trump remains a divisive figure in New York, a Democratic city, amid two investigations that have added to his considerable legal risk since he lost protections from the office. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr and state attorney general Letitia James are investigating Trump’s financial affairs.
Cohen is under house arrest in the city, serving a sentence for crimes that include paying money to silence two women who claimed to have relationships with Trump, he claims Trump denied, although he admitted to knowing the payments.
Cohen has spoken to Vance. The Daily News said Trump’s visit would be unrelated to that investigation, which received a major boost last month when the Supreme Court refused to block access to Trump’s tax returns and financial records.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have also moved to Florida since the end of their term in power, and it is believed that Ivanka will likely run for the United States Senate in the southern state.
Trump’s own future in Florida has been called into question. Although he owns the Mar-a-Lago complex in Palm Beach, a 1993 agreement says he cannot live there permanently. Last month the former president won favorable comments from the city attorney, in a hearing that involved residents who want to force him to abide by that deal. The decision must be made in April.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism