Trump in Palm Beach: President returns to D.C. after day of golf with Sen. Lindsey Graham


UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland at 7:14 p.m.

UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: While supporters of the president congregated toward Palm Beach, about 25 protesters braved what constitutes a Florida cold snap near to Interstate 95 on Sunday as his motorcade headed to the airport to return to Washington D.C.

They held signs "Corrupt," "Mueller is an American hero," "Resign" and others.  Some spoke about the recent rash of resignations of lawmakers due to sexual misconduct, such as U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

"Trump should have to be held to the same standards as Franken and resign," said protester Brenda Macedo, who lives in Lake Worth.

RELATED: Trump hits Twitter, golf course before heading home

 Clarissa Echezarreta of Loxahatchee, holding a large "Corrupt" banner, said she came out for many issues but one primarily: Trump's environmental policy. 

"What is Trump's polling numbers? Thirty-four percent support? Well, were are to represent the other 66 percent," she said. "We are lucky living here to be able to protest in our own back yard."

 There was one Trump supporter, identifying himself only as Deplorable Dan, down from the protesters near the interstate. He held a big a large "Hillary for Prison" and an American flag.

He has been a fixture on Southern Boulevard since Trump's election. "We want to recapture as much of our nation back as we can," he said. 

He said that he is part of the "Trump street team," which he said is made up of many races and ethnicities. "It's not about race. I'm like the only Gringo," he said. "It's about liberty and tyranny."

When asked if he was worried about investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, he said he hasn't really kept up with it. "I'll find out about it by listening to (Fox News Commentator) Judge Jeanene Pirro." 

Pirro on her show Saturday night called for a "cleansing" of law enforcement officials investigating the president in relation to Russian interference in the election.

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Air Force One has departed PBIA.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: President Trump boarded Air Force One after his ninth presidential visit to his private club, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach. Trump made several other visits to Palm Beach as president-elect. 

UPDATE, 5:20 p.m.: The presidential motorcade is now leaving Mar-a-Lago and headed to PBIA.

UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: Before leaving Mar-a-Lago this afternoon, Trump resumed his Twitter tirade against CNN. On Friday, CNN reported that the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, and top aides, received an email on Sept. 4, 2016, that gave them early access to Wikileaks’ dump of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee.  However, Friday afternoon the Washington Post had obtained a copy of the email, which was actually sent to the Trump campaign on Sept. 14, 2016. The later date suggests that the campaign may have simply been alerted of information that was already public. Trump blasted CNN in tweets posted Saturday morning. Later in the day he directed his Twitter ire to a Washington Post reporter, who apologized for posting a photo that  appeared to misrepresent the size of the crowd as Trump’s rally in Pensacola.

UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: Not sure if they are for sale. 

UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Guests at the holiday benefit for A Safe Haven for Newborns got a glimpse of the president when he returned to Mar-a-Lago after golf at his course in West Palm Beach. More than a dozen charities cancelled or moved their events out of Mar-a-lago afterTrump's comments about white nationalist and neo-Nazi marches in Charlottesville, Va. 

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Back at Mar-a-Lago a holiday benefit luncheon was underway for A Safe Haven for Newborns. Event chairperson Lexye Aversa is a member of the club. No word on whether the president made a surprise visit. (Notice the putting green flags are American flags.)

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: The president’s motorcade just left Trump International golf club, where this lone protestor offered his holiday thoughts.

UPDATE, 11:58 a.m.: President Trump tweeted about the tax bill shortly before heading to his golf course in West Palm Beach. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has been a supporter of the President’s tax plan. Both houses have approved versions of the bill. Lawmakers are now trying to reconcile the bills. 

 

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: Meanwhile, the First Lady is back in Washington, watching the season’s first snow.

>>This weekend’s photos: Trump visits Palm Beach

UPDATE, 10:01 a.m.:  Sunny and 54 degrees as the motorcade carrying President Donald Trump arrives at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Dec. 10, 2017. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

UPDATE, 9:38 a.m.: President Donald Trump made his way to Trump International Golf Club at 9:25 a.m. Though temperatures are hovering in the low-50s, it appears the president will once again be playing golf on a Florida visit.

Before leaving for the course, Trump tweeted about how the tax bill is coming together -- the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are merging bills they passed separately into one bill.

UPDATE, 8:30 a.m.: President Donald Trump started his day in Palm Beach around 8:30 this morning by sending out tweets on the economy, tax cuts and fake news.

He is scheduled to depart from Palm Beach International today at 5:20 p.m. to head back to the White House.

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: President Trump in Palm Beach

ORIGINAL STORY: President Donald Trump arrived in West Palm Beach late Friday night after campaigning in Pensacola, spent part of Saturday in Mississippi, and is scheduled to head back to the nation’s capital later today.

On Saturday, Trump left his Mar-a-Lago estate on Palm Beach for a six-hour side trip to Mississippi, taking Air Force One to Jackson to attend the openings of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

This trip, Trump also shattered precedent by not visiting one of his golf courses — the first time in nine presidential weekends at Mar-a-Lago that he hasn’t taken a Saturday trip to either the Trump International Golf Club outside West Palm Beach or Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: President Trump in Palm Beach

No public events are on his schedule for today. There is a luncheon event scheduled at Mar-a-Lago from 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. It is not known if the president will make an appearance there, or if he will fit in a trip to the golf course ahead of his departure to D.C.

Before arriving in Palm Beach Friday night, Trump spoke for about 90 minutes at a campaign rally in Pensacola. He touted the economy’s performance since he took office, blasted the media over some of its recent high-profile errors and endorsed Roy Moore — the Republican accused of initiating sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979 — in next week’s special Senate election in Alabama.

This is Trump’s ninth visit to Mar-a-Lago since he’s become the president. He is planning to return during the Christmas holiday, though details of that trip have yet to be released.

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Staff writer George Bennett contributed to this report.



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