Trump to return to Trump Tower for 1st time as president

The president will stay overnight on Monday.

ByABC News
August 14, 2017, 9:13 AM

— -- President Trump is set to spend his first night at his Manhattan penthouse since becoming president.

Trump is making his return visit Monday night in the midst of what his administration has called a "working vacation" away from the White House, which is undergoing renovations. The president has been staying at his New Jersey home for over a week.

While this may be the president's first visit back to his Fifth Avenue skyscraper, it is hardly the first time he has retreated from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to one of his Trump properties. The president has already made a dozen trips to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and his home in New Jersey since assuming the presidency.

Trump has previously referenced the costs associated with presidential protection as one of the reasons he has opted to return to his New Jersey estate rather than Trump Tower.

The New York Police Department said in February that it costs up to $308,000 a day to protect Trump Tower when the president is in town.

Prior to becoming president, Trump repeatedly criticized his predecessor, Barack Obama, for taxpayer-related expenses for his vacations.