President Donald Trump — a lifelong New Yorker who was for decades one of the city’s most prominent denizens — has changed his permanent residence from Manhattan to Palm Beach, Florida.
In documents filed with the Palm Beach County clerk and comptroller in late September, Trump declared, “I am, at the time of making this declaration, a bona fide resident of the State of Florida.” Melania Trump, the first lady, filed an identical document.
The form, known as a “declaration of domicile,” lists 1100 South Ocean Blvd. as the president’s new home — Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, which he sometimes calls his “Winter White House” and where he has spent nearly 100 days since taking office, according to one tally.
In his first public comment on the change of address, which The New York Times first reported Thursday evening, Trump said he “hated having to make this decision, but in the end it will be best for all concerned.”
“I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will,” Trump wrote in a series of Twitter messages late Thursday, “but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state. Few have been treated worse.”
As news of the change spread, some of those city and state leaders, all Democrats, endorsed Trump’s decision.
“Good riddance,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted. “It’s not like @realDonaldTrump paid taxes here anyway … He’s all yours, Florida.”
Corey Johnson, New York’s City Council speaker, agreed: “GOOD RIDDANCE!!” he bade in a tweet.
“Don’t let the door hit you on the way out or whatever,” Mayor Bill de Blasio quipped.
In the declaration, Trump refers to Trump Tower — his home since the early 1980s, the place where he launched his presidential campaign — in the past tense: “I formerly resided at 721 Fifth Avenue.”
Trump lists his “other places of abode” as 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the White House’s address, and Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey, where he has spent 90 of his days as president, according to the NBC News tracker.
In his Twitter posts, Trump alluded to his local unpopularity — nearly 80 percent of New York City voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — but a person close to the president said his decision was based mainly on taxes. That would make Trump one of many wealthy individuals to seek refuge in the southern state. Because Trump has refused to make his tax documents public, it’s unclear how much money he stands to save in the move, but Florida notably does not have a state income tax or an estate tax. In New York, meanwhile, the state’s top tax rate is nearly 9 percent and the city’s top rate is nearly 4 percent. The state’s top estate tax rate — applying to fortunes greater than $10.1 million — is 16 percent.
“The move to Florida could save him a lot of money,” commentator and former aide to President Bill Clinton Keith Boykin said on Twitter, “but we don’t know how much because he won’t release his tax returns.”
Trump is also in the middle of a legal battle with Cyrus Vance, Manhattan’s district attorney, who subpoenaed eight years of the president’s tax returns.
After a federal judge rejected Trump’s sweeping claim of immunity as “repugnant” to the Constitution, he seethed on Twitter at Vance and his investigation.
But in his farewell posts — a 2019 rendition of “Goodbye to All That” — Trump said he would still “cherish New York, and the people of New York.”
He concluded, “It will always have a special place in my heart!”
Washington Post writer Josh Dawsey contributed to this report.