Trump switches permanent residence from New York to Florida

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1 November 2019

US President Donald Trump has announced he will make Florida his permanent home instead of Trump Tower in New York, APA reports citing BBC.

He said he had been badly treated by New York's political leaders, despite having paid millions of dollars in tax.

Mr Trump was born in New York but has increasingly spent more time at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.

The president, a Republican, has been at odds with New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio - both Democrats.

They both welcomed the news that the president was Florida-bound.

"Don't let the door hit you on the way out or whatever," tweeted Mr De Blasio.

Mr Cuomo challenged Mr Trump's assertion that he had paid his taxes, adding: "He's all yours, Florida."

The New York Times reported that President Trump and his wife Melania filed for residency in Florida in September.

According to documents obtained by the Times, Mr Trump's "other places of abode" are listed as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (the White House) and his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

An apartment in Trump Tower, Manhattan, has been Mr Trump's primary residence since 1983. It is not clear if he will retain it.

According to NBC News, President Trump has spent 99 days at Mar-a-Lago compared with 20 days at Trump Tower since taking office.

The White House has not commented on the president's reasons for changing his permanent address but the New York Times quoted a person close to the president as saying that the reasons were mainly for tax purposes.

Florida does not have a state income tax or inheritance tax.

Earlier this month a judge ordered Mr Trump to hand over eight years of his tax returns to New York investigators.

The ruling helps an investigation into alleged hush money paid to two women who claim they had affairs with Mr Trump.

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