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Trump returns to Mar-a-Lago this weekend for fifth presidential visit


President Donald Trump will return to Palm Beach this weekend, marking what will be his fifth visit to his Mar-a-Lago Club since taking office in January.

It also appears the president could return to Palm Beach in April joined by a high-profile visitor.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the president’s weekend plans at Monday’s White House press briefing, but did not say how long Trump would stay in Palm Beach.

However, the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday morning issued an advisory for “VIP movement” in the airspace over Palm Beach County for Friday through Sunday. Such advisories, which serve as early warnings to pilots that temporary flight restrictions are forthcoming, have been the first sign of a planned presidential trip.

Also Monday morning, the news website Axios reported that the Trump administration is working out the details of a possible visit to Mar-a-Lago by Chinese President Xi Jinping. CNN later also reported the visit, with both outlets citing senior administration officials as saying the presidents’ summit tentatively is scheduled for April 6-7.

Spicer later said during his briefing that “planning is ongoing” for a visit from the Chinese president. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be in China this weekend — as part of a larger trip that includes stops in Japan and South Korea — and could discuss preparations at that time, Spicer added.

Should Trump host Jinping in Palm Beach, it could be an indication of things to come in the Trump presidency, with Mar-a-Lago serving in the role once reserved for Camp David, a presidential retreat in the mountains of Maryland where presidents and cabinet members have hosted foreign dignitaries for high-level discussions for decades.

Trump has yet to visit Camp David, instead opting for the familiar surroundings of his part-time Palm Beach home, which he has owned for more than three decades. It appeared for a brief time this past weekend that Trump was planning a short visit to the retreat, with the FAA posting temporary flight restrictions associated with presidential travel for Sunday afternoon. However, the restrictions were scrapped Sunday morning.

Trump already has set the stage for future summits with foreign leaders, after he hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe at Mar-a-Lago last month. The Abes arrived aboard Air Force One on Friday, Feb. 10 with the president and first lady and stayed through the morning of Sunday, Feb. 12. That Saturday, Trump and Abe played golf at the president’s Jupiter golf course, while the first ladies toured the Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens in suburban Delray Beach.

Before coming to Palm Beach this week, Trump is slated to visit Michigan and Tennessee on Wednesday. He’ll travel first to the Detroit area to speak at the American Center for Mobility, a nonprofit testing ground for self-driving vehicles. Trump also will hold a rally there after speaking with auto industry executives and labor leaders, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Trump then will head to Nashville, where he’s holding a campaign rally at the city’s Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday night.



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