2018-11-08 20:23:02 UTC
President Donald Trump will spend much of the next two months outside of Washington, untethered from the strictures of daily White House life as he weighs a shakeup of his administration and faces new developments in the Russia investigation after Tuesday’s election.
Trump delights in decamping to his properties, especially Mar-a-Lago, his private Florida club, where he is expected to spend the upcoming holidays. The trips give him more time to bounce ideas off outside allies and friends without the regimentation of even his loose daily White House schedule, which he increasingly bristles against.
But White House aides and outside advisers acknowledge privately that Trump is often more impulsive when he’s on the road and out of sight of senior staffers.
“He’s more free and liberated there. He’s able to do more things according to his style, on his own timetable — more like he did in the private sector,” a former White House official said. “He doesn’t have the same guardrails.”
Between now and January, Trump will spend little time at the White House, according to aides. In addition to traveling to Paris later this week and to Argentina at the end of the month for the G-20 summit, Trump is expected to pencil in lengthy holiday visits to Mar-a-Lago. His schedule is still being ironed out, and the exact dates of his Mar-a-Lago visits are unclear, aides said.
Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago and his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., have often become opportunities for the president to vent frustrations to his allies, and to get his friends’ opinions about key staffers, from chief of staff John Kelly to newly ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The president has also unleashed some of his most controversial tweets while at his Florida club, including his false allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Mar-a-Lago members have reportedly helped orchestrate key policy decisions, such as how to run the Veterans Affairs Department. The president also announced an April 2017 missile strike on Syria from Mar-a-Lago. ....(cont)