President-elect Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, will remain in New York with their 10-year-old son after her husband takes office in January, the incoming president confirmed on Sunday.
The future first lady plans on staying in New York City’s Trump Tower so that her son, Barron, can continue his studies at his private school in Manhattan, the New York Post reported.
“Melania is extremely close to Barron, and they have become closer during the campaign,” a source close to Trump’s transition team told the paper. “The campaign has been difficult for Barron, and she is really hoping to keep disruption to a minimum.”
It’s not clear when Melania and her son will join her husband in Washington, D.C. Another source told the Post that the move may come after Barron’s school year ends in June, but that there are currently no plans in place.
When reporters asked Donald Trump on Sunday when that may happen, he answered: “Very soon. After he’s finished with school.”
The decision is likely to dramatically beef up security around the posh Fifth Avenue building, which is located just a few blocks from Central Park, Bloomingdale’s and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that there will be heightened security around the skyscraper for at least the next 65 days. It has so far included nearly 50 police officers standing guard and aiding traffic 24 hours a day, the New York Daily News reported.
Traffic around the building will also reportedly be affected with 56th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, being totally shut down.