President Donald Trump's critics jeered him online and accused him of trying to lighten his tax bill after he announced Thursday that his permanent residence would be Palm Beach, Florida, rather than Trump Tower in New York.
“Donald Trump doesn't want the state of New York to see his taxes — I wonder why. Let's call this out for what it is: Corruption, plain and simple," Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a 2020 candidate, tweeted Thursday.
Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, filed a “declaration of domicile” with the Palm Beach County Circuit Court in September renouncing his residence and listing the family's Mar-a-Lago resort as his main residence, according to The New York Times. The Times, which first reported Trump's change in residence, said the move was motivated by taxes: Florida notably has no state income or inheritance tax.
"A lot of people from New York move to Florida. A lot of people from the Northeast move to Florida when they retire. So maybe the president is planning on retiring," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told MSNBC's "Velshi & Ruhle" on Friday.
Trump fired back at Cuomo after the interview in a four-tweet thread that contained some misspellings.
"I love New York, but New York can never be great again under the current leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo (the brother if Fredo), or Mayor Bill DeBlasio. Cuomo has weaponized the prosecutors to do his dirty work (and to keep him out of jams)," Trump wrote. "Too many prople are leaving our special New York. Great leaders would work with a President and Federal Government that wants our wonerful City and State to flourish and thrive."
Trump is facing scrutiny from both the New York State attorney general and Manhattan district attorney over his tax returns. Neither report to Cuomo.
"Everyday Americans don’t own resorts they can list as alternative addresses to tinker with their tax liability," Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., tweeted on Thursday. "Middle-class families today face more tax burdens while the president dodges the consequences of the Republican tax bill."
Dan Pfeiffer, a former Obama aide, quipped in a tweet on Thursday: "President flees to Florida to avoid paying taxes."
Trump tweeted late Thursday that he cherishes his hometown and "hated having to make this decision," but "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 added that New York "will always have a special place in my heart!"
Former Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., reacted to the news with just four words: "We. Don’t. Want. Him.”
And Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, tweeted, “Damn, ya’ll ran Trump out of #NYC. #PoorFlorida."
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat and former 2020 candidate, also piled on following the news.
"Don’t let the door hit you on the way out or whatever," he tweeted Thursday. De Blasio followed up early Friday with, "Our deepest condolences to the good people of Florida as Trump attempts to outrun his past (and near future)."
In a mocking monologue Friday morning, Pat Kiernan, the longtime morning news anchor on NY1, also sharply criticized the president for the move — specifically the cost and inconvenience the city has borne protecting the perimeter of Trump Tower in Manhattan.
"I want to give you these words inspired by Ronald Reagan,” he said before using a sound effect to amplify his voice and pointing to a projection behind him of the security perimeter. “President Donald Trump, if you seek lower taxes, if you seek prosperity with your rich friends in Doral and West Palm Beach, if you look away from the city that made you, come here to this gate, Mr. Trump. Open this gate. Mr. Trump, tear down this wall."
Evan McMullin, a former CIA operative and frequent Trump critic, was more succinct: “Next stop Moscow," he tweeted on Thursday.