Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Move in Progress As Trucks Arrive Carrying His Possessions

U.S. President Donald Trump has begun the process of moving his possessions from the White House to Mar-a-Lago, with trucks seen arriving at his holiday resort in Florida ahead of his last day in the Oval Office.

Trump is expected to leave the White House on Wednesday morning, only hours before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Breaking years of tradition in Washington dating back to 1877, Trump has said that he won't attend Biden's inauguration on January 20. Biden has hit back at his rival, saying it was one of the few things he and the outgoing president agreed on.

Meanwhile, Trump's move to Florida has begun. Local TV network WPTV captured area footage of at least two trucks from JK Moving Services parked at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, with workers shifting large boxes into the property. The channel also said there was heavy security at the club, with a United States of America helicopter and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office helicopter over the resort. Law enforcement patrol boats are also seen off-shore.

Palm Beach Police Chief Nicholas Caristo and Town Manager Kirk Blouin posted a letter on January 15 saying that on Wednesday, it expects the Secret Service to have a final road closure near Mar-a-Lago, due to Trump's presence.

The letter said the road closure would last a few days for "safety and security reasons."

"We have diligently trained and are prepared to respond to any immediate concerns that a Presidential or former Presidential presence brings through ongoing threat assessments, and we will continue to do so with our Federal, State and local law enforcement partners," the statement said.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump changed their legal residence from New York City to Palm Beach last year.

But some residents aren't too happy with the Trumps moving to Florida. Reginald G. Stambaugh, a West Palm Beach attorney, sent a letter to Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio and the Town Council on Tuesday laying out a legal argument for why Trump shouldn't be allowed to live in Mar-a-Lago.

The lawyer alleges that Trump violated an agreement with the town over his commitment to preserve the 18-acre estate if the town allowed him to turn Mar-a-Lago into a club. Stambaugh says the dispute has still not been resolved.

Trump is battling a historic second impeachment, after the House charged him on January 13 for "incitement of insurrection." He gave a speech to supporters on January 6 in front of the White House before many of them broke into the U.S. Capitol building.

If the Senate votes to impeach him, he will see his presidential title revoked, his Secret Service protection taken away and he will be barred for running for office again. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet set a date for the delivery of the impeachment articles to the Senate.

Republican support for convicting Trump in his Senate trial has grown in his final days in office, according to a POLITCO/Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.

Around 20 percent of Republicans said they "strongly" or "somewhat" approved of convicting in the latest poll of 1,993 registered voters, conducted January 15-17. This is a 6 percent increase on the previous poll, carried out between January 8 and 11.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump leave Washington
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk towards Marine One as they depart the White Housein Washington, D.C. en route to Mar-a-Lago, the President's private club on December 23, 2020. Trump has begun the process of moving his possessions to Mar-a-Lago, with trucks seen arriving at his holiday resort in Florida ahead of his last day in the Oval Office. Samuel Corum