President Donald Trump intends to put a few more miles on Air Force One this weekend with a short side trip from Mar-a-Lago to Melbourne on Saturday for a rally.
The president announced the 5 p.m. rally with a tweet Wednesday afternoon that read, “Join me in Florida this Saturday at 5 p.m. for a rally at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport!”
Tickets to the rally are free but registration is required. A link that Trump included in the tweet to register for tickets takes readers to the Donald J. Trump for President Inc. website, which has been updated since his election and inauguration to explain why his campaign committee remains active.
“This Campaign will be a voice for all Americans, in every city near and far, who support a more prosperous, safe and strong America,” according to the website. “That’s why our Campaign cannot stop now — our Movement is just getting started.”
Flight restrictions posted Wednesday on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website show the President’s weekend travels begin Friday, when he flies to Charleston, S.C. There, he will attend Boeing’s unveiling of its first 787-10 jet.
Trump has been a harsh critic of Boeing. In December he described the cost estimates for the Air Force One replacement — more than $4 billion — as “out of control” and hinted at canceling the project.
After meeting with the president at Mar-a-Lago, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company would build two new presidential aircraft for less. Candidate Trump was also critical of Boeing’s business and manufacturing facility in China.
From Charleston, Trump is expected to travel to Palm Beach International Airport, where temporary flight restrictions are in place for commercial and private aircraft from 2:30 p.m. Friday to 10:30 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday, he will travel to Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, where flight restrictions are in place from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
No posters, banners or signs will be allowed at the rally, according to the Trump campaign website. Also prohibited are professional cameras with detachable lenses, tripods, monopods, selfie-sticks or GoPros. Official Donald J. Trump for president gear is “only available inside the venue,” according to the website.
It appears Trump will return to Washington from Palm Beach on Monday night.
Two activists groups are planning a protest on Friday to demonstrate their opposition to Trump’s policies. South Florida Activism and the West Palm Beach Chapter of the Women’s March plan to gather at Dreher Park afternoon, near Southern Boulevard, where the president’s motorcade has been traveling from PBIA to Palm Beach. An early press release said the protest was scheduled for 5 p.m., but a spokeswoman said Wednesday that was subject to change and the precise time would be released closer to the president’s arrival date.
According to the press release, “As the motorcade approaches, demonstrators will turn their backs to the street revealing the word “NO” on the back of their shirts. “NO” to Trump’s corporate cabinet of billionaire tycoons and donors. “NO” to the enactment of a Muslim ban. “NO” to attacks on sanctuary cities. “NO” to plans to repeal DACA and build a wall along our southern border. “NO” to the hatred and bigotry.”
The town of Palm Beach also updated its presidential road closure alert on Wednesday. According to the update, all forms of travel, including pedestrian foot traffic, will be prohibited from 8 a.m. Friday through Monday evening on South Ocean Boulevard from South County Road to Southern Boulevard.