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President Trump is trying to fight the confines of the presidential bubble.
Less than a month after taking office, Trump, a man who loathes boredom and has a penchant for doing things his way, is trying his best to keep things the way they were before he won the presidency.
He tweets what’s on his mind. He has refused to give up his unsecured Android phone. And he flies to the warmth of his Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, on the weekends — just like old times.
Presidents and first families often bristle as they feel the White House walls closing in on them under a constant media spotlight and vast security detail.
Trump, arguably even more than his predecessors, has had difficulty giving up his past life.
Friends note that the billionaire already had a luxurious penthouse in the world famous skyscraper that carries his name. He has a nicer plane than Air Force One. And he even owns his own $7 million chopper.
After Trump was elected, Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax media and a friend of the president’s who speaks to him often, heard through the grapevine that Trump wouldn’t return to Mar-a-Lago until Easter.
That didn’t turn out to be true — which was no surprise to Ruddy.
“I thought, ‘Yeah right,’” Ruddy said in an interview. “He’s not going to like Washington … He’s not a Washington guy.”
Trump left Washington Friday to head to Mar-a-Lago with a new friend — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
It’s the second weekend in a row that Trump will spend at his Florida residence.
In the winter, Ruddy said Trump prefers to be in Florida, where it is warm, where he has plenty of friends and where he can play golf to unwind.
“He’s been going [to Mar-a-Lago] for almost 30 years,” Ruddy…