“He doesn’t pay his taxes anyway,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when he first heard that President Trump filled out paperwork to change his residency from New York City, where he has lived for his entire life, to Florida.
President Trump does spend a lot of time in his Mar-a-Lago resort (according to several reports, he has spent over 100 days of his Presidency there so far) in Palm Beach, Florida.
So, what’s with the change in residency? And what else does Cuomo – and other New Yorkers – have to say about it?
According to paperwork obtained by the New York Times, who first reported the change in residency, President Trump filed a “declaration of domicile”. He is claiming that his home is no longer the Trump Tower in Manhattan, where he has lived since purchasing the building in 1983 – over 35 years of his life have been spent within those walls.
Instead, he and Melania, the first lady and his wife since 2005, have both declared their official new permanent change of address as the Mar-a-Lago resort. The paperwork was filed this week with the Palm Beach County Circuit Court.
There’s no word on how Melania feels about this. This former fashion model has lived in New York since moving to America in 1996.
“I cherish New York and the people of New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leads of both the city and state.” Trump tweeted last night.
“Few have been treated worse.” He added.
Cuomo has something to say about the tax part, clearly, but this appears to be at least partly influenced by the ongoing fight Trump and his lawyers are engaged in with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, who is fighting to get ahold of Trump’s tax returns.
Several appeals and extensions have been filed by Trump’s lawyers to prevent this from happening – last month, he was granted a stay to regroup after a judge rejected his claims that he was “immune” from criminal investigation simply because he was president.
Sources close to the President and the Trump family believe that the reason behind the switch is tax-related, but not because of the hostility or legal battles.
Florida has no state income tax, nor does it have inheritance tax at all.
Cuomo has made his feelings on the President leaving clear, but the internet seems divided on whether it’s a good move for the President or not. Twitter was up in arms about it last night, but the outrage has since died down.
Here’s the real question – does this mean that Trump and Melania, along with their teenage son Barron, will actually live full time in a resort, after Trump leaves office? What kind of life is that for a 13-year-old?