President Donald Trump disparaged his longtime hometown of New York City Friday, saying the city is getting ‘dirty’ and unsafe – and compared New York Governor to a character from The Godfather after moving his main residence to lower-tax Florida.
The president alternately pointed to conditions in the New York, its high taxes, its Democratic political leadership, and investigations of his finances as reasons for his decision to make Mar-a-Lago his legal residence.
‘I love New York, but New York can never be great again under the current leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo (the brother of Fredo), or Mayor Bill DeBlasio,’ Trump wrote.
‘Cuomo has weaponized the prosecutors to do his dirty work (and to keep him out of jams), a reason some don’t want to be … in New York, and another reason they are leaving.’
‘NYC is getting dirty & unsafe again, as … our great police are being disrespected,’ Trump wrote, as he marshaled numerous arguments for his reason to move to lower-tax Florida
Cuomo signed the bill allowing the state legislature to release his New York State tax returns to congress. In addition, federal prosecutors in New York are seeking to obtain his tax return information as part of an investigation into alleged campaign finance violations.
Trump has previously mocked CNN host Chris Cuomo as ‘Fredo,’ who is depicted in the Godfather trilogy as the brother who lacks the sense or fortitude to do almost anything right (although he does succeed in saving protagonist Don Corleone’s life when he gets hospitalized).
Their father is former Gov. Mario Cuomo, meaning in Trump’s analogy, the current governor would either be hot-headed Sonny Corleone or cunning successor Michael Corleone.
Trump, who stands to save millions with the legal maneuver, also brought up New York State energy policy, amid resistance to fracking – along with police being ‘disrespected’ and other reasons for his move.
President Trump tweeted about his decision to change his legal residence from New York to Florida, which has no state income tax
Trump called New York Gov. Mario Cuomo ‘brother of Fredo’
The classic film is set in New York, where cunning Michael Corleone succeeds his father to become godfather following the assassination of his brother Sonny. Fredo bumbles his way through many of his assignments
The Sonny Corleone character assumes control of the family after his father is injured in the first Godfather film
‘Taxes and energy costs are way too high, Upstate is being allowed to die as other nearby states frack & drill for Gold (oil) while reducing taxes & creating jobs by the thousands,’ Trump wrote.
‘NYC is getting dirty & unsafe again, as … our great police are being disrespected, even with water dumped on them, because a Mayor and Governor just don’t “have their backs.” New York’s Finest must be cherished, respected and loved. Too many prople [people] are leaving our special New York. Great leaders would work….’ he wrote.
Trump had yet to finish that thought more than an hour after he tweeted it.
Trump also addressed his tax move outside the White House, saying he pays ‘millions and millions’ in taxes.
The reasons President Trump has provided for changing his legal residence from New York to Florida at age 73
Leaders won’t make New York ‘great again’
Prosecutors are doing ‘dirty work’
Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are bad leaders
‘They haven’t treated me properly’
They haven’t treated the office of the president with respect it deserves
‘I pay millions of taxes’
NYC is dirty and unsafe
Police are disrespected
Other people are leaving
It will cost millions to stay
Florida is more hospitable to hardworking Americans
‘It will be best for all concerned’
‘Many bad things are happening in New York’
And a reason he has not claimed:
Florida has no state income tax
‘They haven’t treated me properly. I pay millions of taxes. Millions and millions of dollars in New York. They’ve never treated me, you know …’ he said.
‘Since I became president they just haven’t treated I think the office with the kind of respect,’ he said.
‘I don’t mind paying the taxes,’ Trump said. He also said ‘Many bad things are happening in New York,’ without further explanation.
Trump did not provide a specific dollar figure that he and First Lady Melania Trump might ave by moving to Florida, which has no state income tax, and leaving New York City, which has high local taxes.
Trump quietly filed documents in September with the Palm Beach County Circuit Court changing his primary residence from Trump Tower to Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Palm Beach.
The president acknowledged the change in a series of tweets on Thursday, saying: ‘1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House, is the place I have come to love and will stay for, hopefully, another 5 years as we MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, but my family and I will be making Palm Beach, Florida, our Permanent Residence.’
‘I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state,’ he continued.
Donald and Melania Trump quietly filed documents in September with the Palm Beach County Circuit Court changing their primary residence from Trump Tower to Mar-a-Lago
Trump said New York City was getting ‘dirty & unsafe again’
The city has seen marked improvements in crime statistics since the 1980s, when Trump was a fixture of the city’s newspaper tabloid coverage
Pedestrians walk past bags of trash on a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan, February 22, 2018 in New York City. Using data from Environmental Protection Agency, the American Housing Survey and the U.S. Census Bureau, a report from the cleaning and janitorial company BusyBee ranks New York City as the dirtiest city in the nation
Trump compared New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Fredo from the Godfather – a film partly set in New York.
‘Few have been treated worse. I hated having to make this decision, but in the end it will be best for all concerned,’ Trump continued.
‘As President, I will always be there to help New York and the great people of New York. It will always have a special place in my heart!’ Trump wrote.
New York’s top elected Democrats responded to the announcement with satisfaction.
‘Don’t let the door hit you on the way out or whatever,’ tweeted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
‘Good riddance,’ wrote Governor Andrew Cuomo. ‘He’s all yours Florida.’
Cuomo went on to claim that Trump did not even pay taxes in New York already.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the news saying ‘Good riddance’
In an identical filing, First Lady Melania Trump also changed her residence to Palm Beach.
The documents reviewed by DailyMail.com describe Mar-a-Lago at the Trumps’ ‘predominant and principal home’ and state that they intend to reside there permanently.
Attachments to the filings list ‘other places of abode’ as Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey golf club and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which is the address of the White House.
Trump’s ‘other places of abode’
The declaration of domicile listed two alternate addresses:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC: The White House
900 Lamington Road, Bedminster, New Jersey: Trump National Golf Club
Trump, born in Queens, is a lifelong New Yorker but has rarely returned to his penthouse in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue since taking office in January 2017.
He often spends weekends away from the White House at Mar-a-Lago, however.
White House officials refused to say why Trump had changed his official residence, but a person close to the president told the Times that it was primary for tax purposes.
That person also said that Trump was infuriated by a lawsuit filed by Manhattan Distric Attorney Cyrus Vance, seeking to publicly release the president’s tax returns.
Florida is noted as one of the states with no state income tax.
The documents each describe Mar-a-Lago (above) at the Trumps’ ‘predominant and principal home’ and state that they intend to reside there permanently
The documents list 721 Fifth Avenue, the address of Trump Tower, as Trump’s former address
What are the tax benefits of moving to Florida?
Florida is one of the nine U.S. states that has no state income tax.
New York state, on the other hand, has a top tax rate of nearly 9% and New York City has an additional top rate of nearly 4%.
Prior to 2017, New York residents could deduct their state and city taxes on federal tax returns — but that all changed in 2017, when the Republican tax reform eliminated many of those deductions.
Since the tax change passed, wealthy New Yorkers have been fleeing the city, many of them heading for Florida.
New York state has seen a notable exodus of the ultra-rich since Republicans passed a tax bill in 2017 eliminating federal tax deductions for certain state and local taxes.
New York State’s top tax rate is nearly 9% and New York City’s top rate is nearly 4%.
Under New York law, anyone who spends more than 184 days a year in the state has to pay New York taxes.
Since becoming president, Mr. Trump has spent 99 days at Mar-a-Lago compared with 20 days at Trump Tower, according to NBC News.
Trump filed these documents in September declaring his primary residence in Florida
It is unclear how much money Trump would save through the move without seeing his recent tax returns, which he has consistently refused to release.
In addition to taxes, Trump may also be considering Florida’s key importance to his 2020 reelection campaign.
In 2016, he won the swing state with a 1.2-point margin over Democrat Hillary Clinton, and his campaign strategists consider it an important battleground in 2020.
This summer, Trump kicked off his 2020 campaign with a rally in Orlando.
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