- Kristina Webb Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
President Donald Trump is planning his fourth weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. — and it coincides with the U.S. Women’s Open being held at the course.
The president will head to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster on Friday and return to Washington, D.C., on Sunday, according to a new notice to pilots posted Monday morning by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Events for the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National in Bedminster kick off today, with the final round wrapping up Sunday. The first tee time for round one of the tournament is at 6:45 a.m. Thursday.
The choice by the United States Golf Association to have Trump’s Bedminster course host one of its major tournaments has stirred controversy, with some groups protesting the decision. One online petition gathered more than 100,000 signatures urging the USGA to move the event.
There has been speculation that Trump could attend the tournament, and the FAA notice seems to confirm that he at least will be on-site. However, the advisory could change or be canceled entirely, as is possible with notices of “VIP movement.”
“We were notified of the TFR (temporary flight restrictions) this morning but unfortunately we have no knowledge of the president’s schedule,” said Janeen Driscoll, public relations director for the USGA, referring a reporter to the White House for that information.
“We have a security plan in place, as we do for all of our championships,” she continued. “Our focus remains on conducting the ultimate test of golf for the best female players in the world.”
The White House has not responded to a request for comment.
Such FAA advisories, posted to the agency’s Safety Team website, are intended as a heads-up to pilots that temporary flight restrictions are forthcoming over an area. But the notices have become the first sign for residents near Trump’s properties in New Jersey and Palm Beach that the president is planning a trip.
Though the advisory posted Monday does not specifically mention Trump, it is nearly identical to the notices posted for his trips to Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster in that it lists the planned temporary flight restrictions as being those typically seen only with presidential movement: a 10-mile inner ring of restricted air travel, and a 30-mile less-restricted but still tightly controlled ring of airspace.
A weekend visit to Trump’s New Jersey club could cap an expected presidential trip to France this week, where Trump will be the guest of honor at the country’s Bastille Day parade on Friday.
This would be Trump’s fourth trip to Bedminster since taking office, and his first since returning from his second trip abroad to Poland and the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Trump most recently spent four days at his New Jersey estate for the Fourth of July weekend.
Before the president began traveling to Trump National in Bedminster for the hot summer months, he spent seven weekends at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, hosting two summits with world leaders there: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February, and China’s President Xi Jinping in April.
Trump has come under fire for the frequency of his visits to his Trump-branded properties and the mounting security costs incurred by local law enforcement agencies. However, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has countered that Trump continues to work when he comes to Palm Beach, and the costs are commensurate with those seen by administrations of other presidents who travel to their private residences.