Eighteen holes later, he left his international golf club, Trump, and returned to Mar-a-Lago, where he retired to his own living space, separate from his wife’s, and pondered two main issues: Who is with him? And who is against it?
“After 2022 at high speed, expect Don (Trump Jr.) to be extremely active in the wake of the campaign,”
Donald Trump’s influence on the election is becoming clearer with each passing day. On Tuesday, former Senator David Purdue announced that he would not launch a campaign, although he had recently submitted documents. The decision follows Immediately after Purdue’s recent visit to Palm Beach, where he plays golf with Trump, says a person familiar with the Republican’s schedule in Georgia.
“We’ve been seeing this for years – Trump is offering encouraging proposals that are more like the mafia’s ‘nice little business you have here,'” said Doug Hay, a longtime Republican strategist and consultant who previously worked in senior Capitol leadership roles. hill. “The problem for those candidates who keep going is that although they are always in a hurry to earn points, Donald Trump does not give points, he just takes them away. One by one.”
Dynamics of the family in the flow
In 2019, it was clear that Trump Jr. was the arrogant Republican hip man without whom the base could not live. Trump Jr. was not only wanted for appearances, but he also filled rooms, spewed conspiracy theories on social media, launched attacks on Democrats, the so-called RINOs (Republicans by name only), and anyone who disagreed. with Trump’s theories and policies – true or not.
Ivanka Trump, now housed in an expensive maritime cooperative in Miami, while a new mansion nearby is being built on a $ 30 million plot bought late last year, wants “nothing to do with politics,” her friend said of her current state of mind. .
Instead, she “settles her family, and that’s her only focus,” she said.
Trump has been in Mar-a-Lago to visit his father since moving to Florida, says another person familiar with her arrivals and events, but her interest in discussing her father’s next pass to the White House is zero. The five years that Trump spent in the campaign and in the White House “were many,” her friend told CNN, and talks about a political future are wordy. Paparazzi have taken pictures of Trump in recent weeks, mostly lying on the beach next to her new home. One day she was spotted reading the Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama.
But the lack of interest in political engagement, if understandable, paves the way for her brother to shine even brighter in his father’s orbit – even if he is not the preferred child. (In an interview in 2019, Trump said of his older son, “It’s Don, uh, he enjoys politics; he’s actually very well.”)
Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Gilfoyle have served as highly effective substitutes for his father for nearly three years, approximately as long as the couple is a couple, and show no signs of slowing down. Next week, the couple will host fundraising meetings and congratulations at Mar-a-Lago for Republican Gov. South Dakota Governor Christy Noem, a man who knows about the event, he told CNN.
Noem is scheduled for re-election in 2022, and the $ 1,000-per-person event will technically be the first official raid by Trump and Guilfoil in the election cycle. The party’s VIP experience, according to the acquaintance, includes participation in a round table discussion with Noah, Trump and Guilfoil, as well as a photo – the cost of modernized face time is $ 4,000 per person. Not a word about whether the former president will show up, but Noem is a friend – she once gave the then president a replica of Myont Rushmore for $ 1,100 with a face included, according to a New York Times report.
Like his sister Ivanka Trump and his half-sister Tiffany Trump, who also recently moved to Miami, Trump Jr. intends to make Sunshine State his permanent residence. Two people who know the situation said they intend to get closer to his ex-wife Vanessa Trump and the couple’s five children.
Vanessa Trump spends much of the year in Jupiter, Florida, where her ex-husband toured a $ 11 million mansion on the beach in the city’s exclusive Admiral’s Cove building. A person familiar with Trump Jr.’s ventures would not confirm the purchase of the home, which according to real estate records is under contract pending sale, and a representative of the real estate company that deals with the sale will not comment to CNN on speculation, Trump is the buyer.
But the commitment to Florida, a happy Trump state that the former president won last November, shows that the trump cards are not linked to New York as their hub. It is also much more enjoyable for Trump to receive his visitors at Mar-a-Lago, which has a built-in audience of members, many of whom are also fraudsters.
A person familiar with Trump’s activities at Mar-a-Lago says he is increasingly acting as the club’s chief executive, involved in operations, repairs and membership. For a time, his Palm Beach neighbors expressed contempt that Trump would live at the crossroads of their multimillion-dollar mansions, a break they no longer wanted to endure after four years of security and privacy challenges.
“I really don’t think most Palm Beaches even think about Trump anymore. He really never leaves his two clubs,” said Lawrence Leemer, a part-time Palm Beach resident and author of two stories about the area. “and Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace.”
Trump is common, which makes it even easier for those who want to find him, seek his blessing, or ask for forgiveness to turn their backs, a practice that Hay believes will only increase in the coming months.
“For many, loyalty never ends. But part of Trump’s bet when his campaign became serious was that the party would lean toward him, he would not lean toward the party. He was right,” he said.
This story has been updated.