Where Will Donald Trump Be Holding Rallies?

President-Elect Donald Trump will hold a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday to celebrate his victory.

Bloomberg Politics is reporting today that Trump’s “Thank You Tour” will officially start on December 1st with a rally at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This is the kickoff to a tour that will take Trump to various swing states that helped him win the election on November 8th.

A full schedule has not yet been released, but Trump’s second stop is expected to be in Des Moines, Iowa. Trump transition officials told Bloomberg that other stops will be announced once the venues are booked.

 Trump repeatedly hinted during the campaign that he might continue to hold rallies even after he won the presidential election. These rallies were the source of much of Trump’s energy while running for president, and they were where he was able to fine-tune many of his ideas and slogans like “lock her up” and “drain the swamp.” These events typically drew crowds of between 5,000 and 10,000 people.

Although we don’t know where else Trump might speak beyond Cincinnati and Des Moines, considering that he wants to visit states that helped him win the election, it’s very likely there will be stops in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, three states which were crucial in his victory over Hillary Clinton.

Other states that Trump frequently visited during the campaign and which he will likely return to on this tour include North Carolina, Arizona and Florida, the latter of which was particularly important on November 8th. Depending on how many rallies will be scheduled, he could also head up to Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, which awarded him one elector on Election Day and where Trump visited several times during the campaign.

A frequent campaign stop for Trump was New Hampshire, but he ended up losing this state on Election Day, and so it will not be a part of his tour.

As was the case during the campaign, Trump’s rallies will be streamed live on YouTube for those not able to attend, and tickets will be available for free on Trump’s website.

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Donald Trump Prepares for White House Move, But Still Not Ready To Leave His Tower

President-elect Donald J. Trump won the White House with an outsider’s populist promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington.

Now, as he prepares to assume the presidency, an open question remains about the capital he repeatedly spurned: Just how much is he willing to become a part of it?

Mr. Trump, a homebody who often flew several hours late at night during the campaign so he could wake up in his own bed in Trump Tower, is talking with his advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House. He has told them he would like to do what he is used to, which is spending time in New York when he can.

The future first lady, Melania Trump, expects to move to Washington. But the couple’s 10-year-old son, Barron, is midway through a school year in New York, and it is unclear when the move would happen.

The questions reflect what Mr. Trump’s advisers described as the president-elect’s coming to grips with the fact that his life is about to change radically. They say that Mr. Trump, who was shocked when he won the election, might spend most of the week in Washington, much like members of Congress, and return to Trump Tower or his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on weekends.

Hanging on to the familiar for presidents-elect and their families is not unusual. There were early questions about whether Michelle Obama would leave Chicago and move to the White House in early 2009 and disrupt her daughters’ school years, but the whole family moved in the day of the inaugural. Mr. Trump’s advisers hold out the possibility that the president-elect may spend more time in the White House as he grows less overwhelmed and more comfortable in the job.

Still, Mr. Trump has spent the last three decades, for the most part, cosseted within Trump Tower. His apartment is on the 58th floor, and a designated elevator takes him from there to his office on the 26th floor.

He wakes at 5 o’clock most mornings, reads The New York Post, The New York Times and a handful of other newspapers, and tunes into the morning television news shows. In the final months of the campaign, he would hang around his apartment until about 10 a.m., joining his aides in the office later.

Mr. Trump’s affection for his penthouse apartment runs deep, as his biographer, Michael D’Antonio, learned when Mr. Trump invited him inside the three-story unit in 2014 for an extended interview.

Mr. Trump reveled in recalling the challenges required to design and build the apartment, decorated in 24-karat gold and marble in the Louis XIV style, saying he simply wanted to see if such an ambitious undertaking could be accomplished. He described it less as a home than a tribute to his own self-image.

“I really wanted to see if it could be done,” Mr. Trump said at the time, as he showed Mr. D’Antonio around the apartment. “This is a very complex unit. Building this unit, if you look at the columns and the carvings, this building, this unit was harder than building the building itself.”

Yet after meeting with President Obama on Thursday and touring the White House, Mr. Trump, according to two people briefed on his thinking, was taken with that building over all and marveled at the neoclassical architecture and history.

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