First lady Melania Trump and her 11-year-old son Barron — President Donald Trump’s youngest child — will move to the White House in June, according to a new report.
The president’s wife and son have stayed in New York so Barron could finish his current year at his private school. TMZ reported over the weekend that Melania Trump and Barron are “absolutely moving after the school year” and that the first couple has already chosen a new school for their son.
The gossip site’s report follows a February statement from White House senior adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who pushed back on early reports that the first lady would not be moving to Washington, D.C.
“Mrs. Trump will be moving to D.C. and settling in to the White House at the end of the school year, splitting her time between New York and D.C. in the meantime,” Wolkoff said, according to CNN. “Mrs. Trump is honored to serve this country and is taking the role and responsibilities of first lady very seriously.”
“It has only been a short time since the inauguration and the first lady is going to go about her role in a pragmatic and thoughtful way that is unique and authentic to her,” she said.
The Trump family’s decision to continue living in New York City’s Trump Tower has been controversial, given reports that it costs the city millions of dollars to protect the building. According to Fortune, it cost New York City $24 million to protect Trump Tower from Election Day to the Inauguration.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, asked the federal government for a $35 million reimbursement in December to cover the Trump family’s security. In January, Donald Trump said he was willing to work with the city to get the costs reimbursed.