For a first family as unique as the Trumps, you can bet that everything about this presidency will not be status quo. That includes where they will live. While it usually goes without saying that the first family moves to Washington, D.C. after the inauguration, Donald, Melania, and Barron Trump may not live in the White House, breaking with a centuries-old tradition.
Every first family since John Adams' presidency has resided in the White House. It is a tradition that hasn't been challenged in more than 200 years. But as we've seen with everything about his election, Trump is not a traditional president-elect, and has already begun to explore how he can split his time between Washington, D.C. and New York.
While for most, living in the White House is probably seen as a great honor and a pretty nice location to call home, Trump already has a pretty sweet deal of his own. His primary residence is in Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue in New York City. He has a three-story apartment on the 58th floor, decorated in the opulence that has become a defining characteristic of his career and personality over the last three decades.
But what about Barron? It is unclear whether the first family will put down roots in D.C., or if Melania and Barron will remain in Manhattan during Trump's presidential tenure. Typical suburban kids are often resistant to moving. Now imagine you're a 10-year-old who has an entire floor in a New York City skyscraper to himself. I don't think any kid would give that up without a fight.
If the Trumps do move into the White House, Barron would be the first son to live there since John F. Kennedy Jr., as AOL News noted. But there is more to the decision than just giving up their lives in New York. Many have pointed out that his parents would probably not want to move Barron in the middle of the school year. So even if they do decide to make the move, it most likely would not happen until after school lets out next summer.
While some might not feel personally affected by Trump's potential decision to spend as much time in New York as possible, you can be sure that New York City residents will not be thrilled if this happens. New York City becomes notoriously gridlocked whenever the president or other public figures who require large-scale security measures come to town. There is already a no-fly zone in place over midtown Manhattan until the inauguration. It would cause havoc in the city if the Trumps decided to stay in New York, or even came to town on a weekly basis.
New Yorkers will be crossing their fingers that the Trumps relocate to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but anyone who has followed this election knows that Trump does what he wants, and this decision will be no exception.