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President Donald Trump logged some more hours at his golf club on Sunday while Vice President Mike Pence visited a church in Coral Springs before both jetted separately to Washington later in the day.

It was the fifth weekend of the nine in his presidency that Trump has spent at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The part-time Palm Beach resident has spent roughly 20 percent of his time in office in Florida.

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: President Donald Trump in Palm Beach

At about 4:15 p.m., the president boarded Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. He had a message about North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un, telling the press pool reporter, “Had meetings on N. Korea. He’s acting very, very badly.”

First lady Melania Trump, who with son Barron accompanied the president when he arrived Friday on Air Force One, planned to travel separately on Sunday, the White House said.

On his way out of town, the president stopped his motorcade and got out of his armored SUV to swiftly greet supporters on Bingham Island, the tiny spot between Palm Beach and West Palm Beach that has become the hangout for Trump backers. On the mainland, opponents gathered at Dreher Park on Southern Boulevard just east of Interstate 95.

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Among those whose hands he shook: Valeria Bianco, who on Saturday got a Secret Service invite to meet the president at Mar-a-Lago, along with six other supporters.

Bianco, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, was holding a sign that said “Hi Barron,” and a heart, referring to Barron Trump, the president’s son who turns 11 on Monday. She dropped the sign while rushing to get closer to Trump’s SUV.

“I was reaching down to get the sign and he was reaching out because he remembered me from yesterday,” Bianco said after the motorcade left. “It was nice because he remembers us. That’s what makes him so special because he connects with ordinary people.”

» Ted Cruz came to Mar-a-Lago Saturday for health care negotiations

At Dreher Park, Trump’s motorcade sped past more than 120 protesters lining Southern Boulevard. They jeered and waved signs reading “Show US Your Taxes,” “Narcissist,” “Loser!” and “Liar!”

Kellee Corti of West Palm Beach, among the protesters, said she was disturbed that the president has proposed reductions in social service programs even as Palm Beach County law enforcement agencies are paying overtime to provide security for Trump’s weekend visits.

“All of these things are being cut, and at the same time we’re spending $3.5 million per weekend,” Corti said.

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Trump spent about 3½ hours at his Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach on Sunday. The White House said he had meetings and calls planned and would not say whether Trump, who was wearing a golf shirt and hat when he left the club, actually played on his Jim Fazio-designed course.

Trump returned from the golf club to Mar-a-Lago shortly after noon. About 40 supporters were gathered along Southern Boulevard on Bingham Island. The motorcade stopped briefly, but Trump did not emerge from his limousine as he did Friday and the motorcade quickly departed.

Gisela Garneau of West Palm Beach said she screamed “We love you” to Trump when his SUV stopped and the president gave a thumbs up and blew a kiss before the procession resumed.

» VP Pence snaps photo at Mar-a-Lago with actor Nick Loeb

On Saturday, seven Trump supporters who gathered on Bingham Island to watch the presidential motorcade were invited to Mar-a-Lago to meet Trump. Trump saw the supporters and asked staff to find them and invite them to his estate, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Sunday.

“He wanted to thank them and invited them back. They came back and he briefly spoke to them, thanked them and took a few photos,” Walters said.

Pence was in Palm Beach on Saturday night to speak to the conservative Club For Growth at The Breakers and to later join Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter for dessert at Mar-a-Lago.

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On Sunday, Pence visited Church By The Glades in Coral Springs before flying out of Fort Lauderdale.

Three Republican lawmakers who attended the Club For Growth conference — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina — also spent three hours at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday to discuss health care overhaul with Trump adviser Steve Bannon and other senior staff.

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Cruz, appearing on CBS’ Face The Nation on Sunday, said he is concerned that the House’s Trump-backed bill will not pass in the Senate.

“I’ve got to tell you, if Republicans hold a big press conference and pat ourselves on the back that we’ve repealed Obamacare and everyone’s premiums keep going up, people will be ready to tar and feather us in the streets,” Cruz said. “And quite rightly.”

He added that he “cannot vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising.”

Staff writer Jeff Ostrowski and Palm Beach Daily News staffers Eleanor Roy and Melanie Bell contributed to this story.



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