UPDATE: Trump golfs for 5 hours, returns to Mar-a-Lago; set to host fundraiser in March


UPDATE 3:09 p.m.: After five hours at Trump International Golf Club, the president is back at Mar-a-Lago. There is no word of whom Trump was at the golf course with. 

PHOTOS: Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago visit, Feb. 2-4, 2018

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: While there is no Red Cross Ball tonight, Trump is set to headline a fundraiser on March 3. This is supposed to be a make-up for the fundraiser Trump missed on Jan. 20 due to the government shutdown. 

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UPDATE 12:28 p.m.: Tonight, Mar-a-Lago would have been the ritziest venue in Palm Beach. The annual Red Cross Ball - the event that draws diplomats, celebs, philanthropists and business titans - was originally scheduled at Mar-a-Lago tonight.

Not only did the group pull-out of Mar-a-Lago in the aftermath of the president’s comments about deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year, it cancelled the event altogether.

The ball, the event where women actually wear tiaras, has been held on the island for 60 years. The estate’s first owner, Marjorie Meriweather Post, hosted the first Red Cross Ball there in 1957.

> EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inside the 2017 Red Cross Ball at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

More than 25 charities cancelled events at the private club after the president blamed “both sides” for the violence that left a 32-year-old woman dead after a car plowed into crowd. 

The president and first lady, who arrived in Palm Beach last night, attended the ball last  year.  

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UPDATE 9:48 a.m.: Trump sent out two tweets en route to his golf course about increases in his approval ratings and saying the controversial GOP intelligence memo alleging bias by the FBI and the Justice Department in the Russia vindicates him. 

UPDATE 9:00 a.m.: It looks like the weather won’t stop the president from playing golf this morning. The press pool is waiting at a Mar-a-Lago before they head to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. 

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President Donald Trump arrived in Palm Beach Friday night with first lady Melania Trump and son Barron for a weekend at Mar-a-Lago.

Staff writer George Bennett contributed to this report.


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