Lara Trump was seen Saturday at a Florida resort with Tiffany Trump and Don Jr‘s girlfriend Kimberley Guilfoyle as she continues to ponder a North Carolina Senate run.
Lara, 38, recently joined Fox News as a contributor in a move that will significantly boost her political profile, and has been described by long-time Trump ally Lindsey Graham as ‘the future of the Republican Party’.
The former TV producer posted a photo on Instagram on Saturday showing her arm-in-arm with Tiffany, 27, Donald Trump‘s youngest daughter, and Guilfoyle, 52 – a top official on the president’s 2020 campaign – at a resort in North Key Largo, although Lara did not state which one.
The wife of Eric Trump, 37, is weighing a Senate bid in her native North Carolina next year after Republican Senator Richard Burr retires, leaving his seat open.
It comes amid reports the former president is to move to his New Jersey golf club for the summer to escape the heat at Mar-a-Lago.
Lara Trump, right, posted a photo on Instagram on Saturday showing her arm in arm with Tiffany, 27, middle, Donald Trump’s youngest daughter, and Guilfoyle, 52, left – a top official on the president’s 2020 campaign – at a resort in North Key Largo
Speaking on Fox News last month, Lara said no decision had yet been made about a run for Senate, but the endorsement of senior Republicans like Graham, 65, leaves her well placed.
‘Yeah, well, Fox has been very generous with me and they had said, look if that’s something that you ultimately decide to do they are going to work with me on that front and make sure that everything – all the rules are followed- and we do everything properly,’ she said. ‘So thank you to the Fox team for allowing me to have the possibility,’
She added: ‘I still haven’t officially made a decision, but hopefully some time soon.’
Lara was pictured Saturday wearing a vivid floral dress and high heels in front of a swimming pool shaded by palm trees.
If the former Trump campaign adviser decides to run she will have to step down from her Fox role in line with the channel’s official policy.
Analysts say she will benefit from her family name and the backing of her powerful father-in-law, who remains the key Republican kingmaker.
‘The biggest impact will be Lara Trump,’ Thomas Mills, founder and publisher of the North Carolina political blog PoliticsNC.com, told The Hill.
‘She’s a Trump and that name carries quite a bit of weight in the GOP primary, but we don’t know how much.’
It comes amid reports the former president (seen playing golf Saturday) is to move to his New Jersey golf club for the summer to escape the heat at Mar-a-Lago
Lara announced she was joining Fox on-air during an interview earlier this month while still in Palm Beach, Florida.
‘I sort of feel like I’ve been an unofficial member of the team for so long. It was kind of a joke over the past five years — I would come there so often that the security guards were like, ”Maybe we should just give you a key,”’ Lara said.
Her father-in-law is an avid watcher of the cable news network and during his time in office would regularly tweet in real-time in response to interviewees who appeared on the network.
The former president is set to relocate from Florida to New Jersey this summer, according to a report – escaping the stifling heat, and putting him closer to his New York business empire and political network.
He officially moved his residency for tax purposes from New York to Florida in late 2019.
As president, he spent a significant amount of time during the winter in Florida, and during the summer he would escape Washington for New Jersey, staying at his Bedminster golf club.
He now looks to continue that pattern.
Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida closes after Memorial Day, at the end of May
Donald and Melania Trump are pictured on April 4 at a Mar-a-Lago Easter event
Mar-a-Lago, a private club that also serves as Trump’s residence and post-presidential office, closes just after Memorial Day, when many of the residents head north to flee the muggy, swampy summer weather.
It reopens in time for Thanksgiving.
Sources told Insider that for Trump, the weather was not the only issue.
‘They’re moving the whole operation to New Jersey because they’re going to start doing more fundraising,’ said one Trump adviser.
Trump said this week he is ‘beyond seriously’ considering a 2024 presidential run, and being close to Manhattan will allow him to network with the donors, strategists and political heavyweights he will need to retake the White House.
The move does put him tantalizingly close to New York prosecutors who are investigating his tax affairs.
Cy Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, is looking into possible charges of criminal tax fraud.
Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, is also looking into his affairs, for a civil case involving the Trump Organization and whether it falsely reported property values to get loans or tax benefits.
The main clubhouse in Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump will spend the summer
Trump is believed to be swapping Florida for his New Jersey golf club, in Bedminster
Neither Vance nor James has announced any charges. They are, however, speaking to many within Trump’s circle.
Three of Trump’s adult children – Don Jr, Ivanka and Tiffany – have relocated to Florida.
Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner is from New Jersey, however, and his parents still live in the state. The couple were reportedly renovating a property on the Bedminster course for themselves, so may follow the former president north.
Only Eric Trump has remained permanently in the New York area.
It is unclear if his wife Melania and son Barron, 15, will accompany him – a decision which will likely depend on the teenager’s school schedule.
In his latest public utterance, Donald called LeBron James racist for his tweet in response to the police killing of a 16-year-old Ohio teenager, which the former president described as ‘divisive, nasty, insulting and demeaning’.
The former president , who has frequently clashed with the Obama-supporting sports star, weighed in with a scathing statement on Thursday evening.
Trump and his wife Melania are seen having dinner at Mar-a-Lago in a recent picture
People are seen outside the club house at the Bedminster golf course in New Jersey
James, 36, tweeted on Wednesday a photo of Nicholas Reardon, the Columbus police officer who shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant in the city on Tuesday.
‘LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the League,’ said Trump on Thursday.
‘His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting and demeaning.
‘He may be a great basketball player but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!’