Marie Brenner reports on how the Trumps are still going for it all.‘We have an old custom here at Mar-a-Lago,” Donald Trump was saying one night at dinner in his 118-room winter palace in Palm Beach. “It will be so amusing.”It was spring, four years ago.“Our custom is to go around the table after dinner and introduce ourselves to each other.” Trump had seemed fidgety that night, understandably eager to move the dinner party along so that he could go to bed.“Old custom? Donald and Ivana Trump were seated at opposite ends of their long Sheraton table in Mrs. They were posed in imperial style, as if they were a king and queen.Now in his late 60s, Robert is a trustee of Angels of Light, a holiday giving nonprofit, and he's donated quite heavily to a horse rescue operation in the area, among other things."He's not flamboyant," says one local who has met Robert a few times and asked to remain anonymous, describing him as a classy and dignified guy.Unfortunately for Donald and Ivana Trump, all that glittered wasn’t gold.But the reign of New York’s self-created imperial couple isn’t over yet.Donald’s Midas touch may be tarnished, but the banks are still throwing money at him, while Ivana is busy brokering a future of her own. I’m going home,” one Palm Beach resident whispered to his date.“Oh, stay,” she said.We made a plan for everyday and heading off to various other hotels makes you realise where would have been a more sensible choice!
The 1908 building was erected by a cadre of successful artists to house live/work spaces—including a series of park-facing duplexes that combined loft bedrooms and efficiency-size kitchens with vast studios where 18-foot ceilings and double-height windows let in seemingly endless northern light.
"And then one day he phoned and said, ‘You’re not going to believe it . Both gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up and signed on for the project.
"It’s what every New Yorker wants: a bedroom and a ballroom," Langham says with a smile.
There was talk that he might make a run for president.
Ivana had had so much publicity that she now offered interviewers a press kit of flattering clips.