Trump, wife are ‘very comfortable’ in luxury ‘pant’ suite
Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, have spent much of their time since arriving in the United States in their $5,000-a-night, $3 million mansion on the posh estate of Palm Beach, Florida.
The couple’s decision to rent the home for the duration of the election has sparked a backlash.
Many people have called for the president to divest from the luxury suite, which is owned by his eldest daughter, Ivanka.
Trump’s daughter, who has lived in the Trump family home for many years, is the president’s personal adviser and daughter-in-law.
She has a private office in the mansion and has a separate suite on the first floor of the estate.
While the White House press secretary has denied reports that Ivanka Trump had requested her father divest, she has also publicly criticized the president for spending time in the luxury condo.
“The president spent more time in that suite than any other room in the White Houses suite,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday.
Ivanka Trump, who also serves as an adviser to the president, was asked about her father’s use of the suite during a private briefing at the White, House.
“[I]f he was staying at the suite, he would not have been staying in that room.
I would assume that would be the case,” she said.
“The President would have a private room in that area for those occasions, and I’m sure he would do that.”
Ivanka was speaking at a roundtable on the Trump administration’s infrastructure plan, hosted by the National Economic Council and the Council of Economic Advisers.
Despite her father being in the midst of a presidential campaign, he is still spending time at his home, the president said.
A White House official said that Trump’s “personal assistant” had been in the suite since his inauguration.
During his first day in office, the family is expected to spend time at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Trump has spent most of his time in recent years.
At the same time, the President has said he will not be staying at his Mar-a’Cucah in West Palm Beach while his wife is away.