Trump to ditch Washington restraints as 2018 closes

Trump to ditch Washington restraints as 2018 closes

Donald Trump
Between now and January, President Donald Trump will spend little time at the White House, according to aides. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images White House The president is expected to pencil in lengthy holiday visits to Mar-a-Lago, where aides acknowledge privately that Trump is often more impulsive. By ANDREW RESTUCCIA 11/08/2018 02:15 PM EST President Donald Trump will spend much of the next two months outside of Washington, untethered from the strictures of daily White House life as he weighs a shakeup of his administration and faces new developments in the Russia investigation after Tuesday’s election. Trump delights in decamping to his properties, especially Mar-a-Lago, his private Florida club, where he is expected to spend the upcoming holidays. The trips give him more time to bounce ideas off outside allies and friends without the regimentation of even his loose daily White House schedule, which he increasingly bristles against. Story Continued Below But White House aides and outside advisers acknowledge privately that Trump is often more impulsive when he’s on the road and out of sight of senior staffers. “He’s more free and liberated there. He’s able to do more things according to his style, ....

His schedule is still being ironed out, and the exact dates of his Mar-a-Lago visits are unclear, aides said. The most reliable politics newsletter. Sign up for POLITICO Playbook and get the latest news, every morning — in your inbox. By signing up you agree to receive email newsletters or alerts from POLITICO. You can unsubscribe at any time. Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago and his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., have often become opportunities for the president to vent frustrations to his allies, and to get his friends’ opinions about key staffers, from chief of staff John Kelly to newly ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The president has also unleashed some of his most controversial tweets while at his Florida club, including his false allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Mar-a-Lago members have reportedly helped orchestrate key policy decisions, such as how to run the Veterans Affairs Department. The president also announced an April 2017 missile strike on Syria from Mar-a-Lago. Trump’s out-of-office jaunts come at a precarious moment for the White House. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is expected to again take center stage after ....

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