Trump visiting Trump Tower for the first time as president

AFP , Monday 14 Aug 2017

For the first time since taking up residence in the White House more than six months ago, US President Donald Trump is going back Monday to Trump Tower, his residence in the heart of Manhattan.

After making a brief stop at the White House, he is scheduled to spend several days in Manhattan and then go back to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey to finish out his first summer vacation as president.

Trump often says he's is not spending much time in New York to avoid paralyzing the city.

"I stay out of Manhattan because it's so disruptive to go to Manhattan," he said recently.

"During the time that I lived in Manhattan, whenever a president came in, it was very disruptive, and I think I'm probably more disruptive than any of them," he said.

Located on Fifth Avenue, Trump Tower houses offices, apartments and the headquarters of the Trump Organization, as well the president's New York residence, a triplex at the very top of the 68-floor glass tower.

It was in the tower's marble lobby that the billionaire real estate developer launched his candidacy for the US presidency on June 16, 2015.

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