President Donald Trump on Sunday is scheduled to make his first visit back to Trump Tower since his inauguration, according to a draft schedule shared with local New York City law enforcement and reviewed by POLITICO.
The president is scheduled to depart his Bedminster, N.J. golf club, where he has been working and vacationing this week, on Sunday afternoon and travel directly to Trump Tower, where he will hole up at his old, beloved, three-story penthouse on the 66th floor for three nights.
According to the itinerary — which was up-to-date as of Wednesday morning but subject to change — Trump is expected to hold “internal meetings” at Trump Tower all day Monday and Tuesday before returning to Bedminster on Wednesday.
Trump has only returned to New York City once since taking office, back in May, when he made a brief stop at a dinner reception at the Intrepid aircraft carrier on Manhattan’s West Side. During that abbreviated visit, he did not even stay in Manhattan overnight or visit his Fifth Avenue skyscraper, the building most closely associated with his brand, and the one that served as the home base for his campaign and transition.
That Trump has stayed away from the penthouse he takes so much personal pride in — he told Forbes Magazine during the presidential campaign that his 11,000-square-foot gold-plated domicile was “the best apartment ever built” (he also claimed it was three times that size) — has been such a surprise that the fact has seeped into pop culture.
In comedian Melissa McCarthy’s final turn playing former press secretary Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live,” she rides her mobile podium to Manhattan looking for the president at Trump Tower.
“He doesn’t come here anymore,” the doorman at Trump Tower tells her, forlornly.
That has suited local politicians just fine. “To his credit, he kept the time here very limited, and the disruption very limited,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, told reporters earlier this week of Trump’s previous trip. “So, hopefully, that will be the same this time.”
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the schedule, and noted that the president has "purposefully avoided going back, as to not disrupt things in Manhattan."
A spokesman for the New York City Police Department said: "The NYPD is prepared for any visit by the president and the First Family and continues to work closely with the U.S. Secret Service."