On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States and move into the White House in Washington D.C. His wife Melania, and their son Barron, however, will remain at the penthouse suite of Trump Tower in Manhattan, at least through the remainder of the school year.
“Melania is extremely close to Barron, and they have become closer during the campaign,” an unnamed source close to the Trump team told the New York Post. “The campaign has been difficult for Barron, and she is really hoping to keep disruption to a minimum.”
Melania and Barron will move to Washington "right after he finishes school," Trump told reporters, according to Fox News.
But the future first lady’s decision to stay in Manhattan with her son will require substantial security improvements to the apartment, the building, and the surrounding streets.
“The number one imperative here is safety and security,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference on Nov. 18, according to the Daily Mail. “We owe that to the president elect, his family and his team. This is a very substantial undertaking. It will take substantial resources.”
The New York City Police Department will be responsible primarily for the flow of traffic and control of the crowds around Trump Tower, which is located along a busy stretch of Fifth Avenue.
“We will begin the conversation with the federal government shortly on reimbursement for the NYPD for some of the costs that we are incurring,” de Blasio added.
When heads of state visit the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, security can run up to $26 million per visit.
“This makes [previous protection efforts] look quite small obviously,” the mayor noted. “We'll have to establish a new set of ground rules.”
“The biggest challenge is trying to blend the two things that we have to make work as a police department: one is securing the president of the United States when he’s in New York, or right now, the president-elect,” John Miller, the NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, told CBS News. “And the other is, doing it on what could be a very regular basis, at what we consider practically the center of the earth, which is 57th Street and Fifth Avenue.”