Donald Trump enjoys White House life


President Donald Trump appears to be warming up to life in the White House.

He has lived there since Friday when he was inaugurated. And he said he is impressed by many things about the Executive Mansion, even though he has enjoyed living in his gilded penthouse at Trump Tower in New York, and spending time at his fancy estate at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

"It's a beautiful residence," Trump told The New York Times. "It's very elegant." He added: "There's something very special when you know that Abraham Lincoln slept there. The Lincoln Bedroom, you know, was his office and the suite where I'm staying is actually where he slept."

Trump, a billionaire real estate developer, offered positive assessments of various aspects of the White House. "These are the most beautiful phones I've ever used in my life," Trump said, praising them as "the world's most secure system." The Times also reported that Trump has selected a portrait of Andrew Jackson, a populist who served from 1829-1837, to hang in the Oval Office.

First lady Melania Trump is spending her time at Trump Tower with the couple's 10-year-old son Barron until Barron ends his school year, presidential advisers say. "They'll come down [to Washington] on weekends. She'll come down on Thursday and stay," Trump told The Times.

Even though Trump praised the White House, White House aides indicate that he may spend the weekend of Feb. 3 at Mar-a-Lago.

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