Former President Trump snubbed Joe Biden before his inauguration, as he chose to depart the White House long before his successor took the oath of office. He didn’t look back on the short walk from his former residence of four years to Marine One, accompanied by his wife, Melania. Mr Trump’s long-term plans remain unclear, his immediate moves sent him back to island life in Florida.
Where is Donald Trump now?
The final Marine One trip brought Mr Trump and his family to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
From the steps of presidential jet Air Force One, he thanked his supporters and promised: “We will be back in some form.”
The former First Family then departed for their home in Florida.
Mr Trump and his wife had landed at Palm Beach, Florida by the time Mr Biden’s inauguration began at 12pm.
He has since taken up residence at his Mar-a-Lago retreat – which he bought in 1985 and turned into a private club – where he will likely remain.
The former President has used the resort as his winter retreat over the last four years.
But his seemingly permanent move to the residence has drawn swift criticism from his neighbor’s.
Palm Beach is a picturesque island occupied by a select group of American elites.
They fear Mr Trump’s return will disturb the local atmosphere, something they have experienced before thanks to the President’s extensive security arrangements.
Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, said residents value their privacy, no matter their political stripes.
He told CBS News he thought Palm Beach inhabitants would want to avoid “commotion” on their slice of land.
Mr Aronberg said: “Even his supporters on Palm Beach, and there are many supporters on the island, but even they don’t want the drama, the commotion that President Trump will bring to the island, because that’s why they move there.
“They like their privacy. They like their quiet. And this will disrupt a lot of things on the island.”
A group of residents has sought to block him from residing at the property full-time.
They issued a demand letter to the town of Palm Beach last December, also addressed to the US Secret Service, according to the Washington Post.
The residents cited an agreement the former President signed in 1990 which converted Mar-a-Lago from a private residence to private club.
They allege he cannot use the residence as both a private home while it remains a club as well.
Mr Trump may not intend to live there permanently, however, as speculation suggests he wants the presidency back.
In his farewell speech, he hinted his movement was “just beginning”, and reports have teased he is looking to form his own party.
Is Trump starting his own party?
In last 24 hours, after floating through a few folks that he was considering creating a third-party as a way to keep Senate Rs in line ahead of impeachment, Trump has been talked out of that and is making clear to people he isn't pursuing it, per ppl familiar w his thinking.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 24, 2021
Reports on this have gone both ways.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week there were discussions about a new party, potentially called the Patriot Party, according to unnamed sources.
But the story stated it would need “a significant investment of time and resources” and would face “intense” opposition from Republicans.
More recently, the New York Times’ Washington correspondent Maggie Haberman said Mr Trump has been “talked out of that”.
“Trump has started to believe there are fewer votes to convict than there would have been if the vote had been held almost immediately after Jan. 6, the people familiar with his thinking said,” she tweeted.
“There’s also the fact that threatening a third party while simultaneously threatening primaries makes no sense, which some folks gently pointed out to him.”
But a big cloud hanging over Mr Trump’s future, whatever it might be, remains his second impeachment trial in the Senate.
Mr Trump, who addressed a rally shortly before some in the crowd attacked the Capitol, is charged with “inciting insurrection”.
His trial will start in a fortnight but the votes of at least 17 Senate Republicans will be needed to convict him.
Business might be a priority
The former president may focus a lot of his attention on his company’s books.
His family business, which includes several golf properties, has been hit hard by the pandemic.
As he left office, a financial disclosure revealed Mr Trump’s company faced a sizeable debt of more than $US300 million ($387.48 million).
Much of that is due in the next four years.
The document shows several Trump-branded properties have taken a hit.
The Trump International Hotel in Washington, once buzzing with lobbyists and diplomats before operations were cut back in 2020, generated just $US15.1 million in revenue in the past year, down more than 60 per cent from the year before.
The National Doral Golf Club outside of Miami, Mr Trump’s biggest money maker among the family’s golf properties, took in $US44.2 million in revenue, a drop of $US33 million from 2019.
His Turnberry club in Scotland took in less than $US10 million, down more than 60 per cent.
There was a bright spot: Mar-a-Lago.
Revenue at Mr Trump’s new home rose by a few million dollars, up 10 per cent to $US24.2 million.