Hundreds of protesters gather in Palm Beach for president’s one-year in office

Update 2:00 p.m.: President Trump posted a tweet about today being “a perfect day for all Women to March” to celebrate lowest female unemployment in 18 years. 

Women’s marches are happening this weekend in cities across the country in protest of Trump’s election. 

Update 1:50 p.m.:  Phoebe Crane, visiting Wellington, has a 5-year-old grandson her son and his wife just adopted from Haiti. The photos on her sign are from the day he left the orphanage. He's wearing a birthday hat in one - the first party he ever had, she said.  "I was sickened," Crane said of Donald Trump's (expletive) comments. "I'm just so saddened, so embarrassed by this man. This is beyond politics."  Her grandson lives in Indiana and has three siblings. "He's a sponge. He's an open book." 


Update 1:00 p.m.: About a dozen Trump supporters gathered on Southern Boulevard to celebrate the president’s one year anniversary. 

Update 12:30 p.m.: Protesters are about to begin their march near the clock tower on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Police have put up tape to confine the hundreds of protesters on the sidewalks.

Update 11:50 a.m.: Around 300 anti-Trump protesters have gathered near the clock tower on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.

READ: Congress at work on a Saturday as lawmakers try to end shutdown quickly

Arlene Ustin stood near the clock tower, held up her sign and looked around. 

It was 10:30 am, and she was one of the first protesters on Worth Avenue.

"I hate pain," she said. "It's in my DNA."

Ustin, a 74-year-old Delray Beach resident, arrived on Worth Avenue about two hours before Saturday's anti-Donald Trump protests were scheduled to start. She held a white sign with black letters: "National Organization for Women." She said she has participated in women's marches throughout the state since Trump's inauguration, and jumped at the chance to speak at Saturday's protest when the protest organizer, Mark Offerman, invited her to speak earlier this week.

"I want decency, civility and respect returned," she said. "Those are values that keep a democracy vibrant."

On the other side of the clocktower, Bianca Chang-Gentile held up a black sign. It read: "Cuban women against Trump because we've seen this before!"

"(Trump) scares the daylights out of me," she said. "Never in my life did I think I'd have a president that speaks and acts the way he does."

Chang-Gentile, a 54-year-old Florida resident, said she moved to the U.S. from Cuba in 1971. She said her mother was a political activist in Cuba during the 1960s, where Chang-Gentile said she was jailed and tortured.

"The way (Trump) is running the country now, the way he talks is like a communist," Chang Gentile said. "So this means a lot to me."

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Update 10:46 a.m.: President Trump does not plan to visit Florida while there is a government shutdown, according to an email from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

>> Shutdown: “No plans’ for Trump to make Mar-a-Lago fundraiser tonight

Update 10:30 a.m.: The Town of Palm Beach has issued a traffic alert warning residents of heavy congestion between Worth Ave. and 800 S. Ocean Blvd. from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. due to “a large event.” An anti-Trump protest is planned in the area cited in the alert. Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route.

Update 10:15 a.m.: GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tells the Palm Beach Post’s George Bennett that she does not expect President Trump to attend tonight's fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago.

Update 9:55 a.m.: Eric Trump and Lara Lea Trump both spoke at the Republican National Convention’s National Day of Training at the Marriott Hotel in West Palm Beach on Saturday morning. GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also spoke at the event.

Update 8 a.m.: President Trump is responding to the government shutdown on Twitter, saying the following: 

Original story: Six hours after the federal government shutdown at midnight on Friday, there was still no word from the White House on whether the president will visit Palm Beach this weekend.

The president had originally planned to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport Friday evening. But with the shutdown looming, those travel plans were cancelled.

>> Trump’s Year One: There’s much more to his time in Palm Beach than just golf

About 8 p.m., as negotiations continued, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a new alert to pilots, warning of restricted airspace due to “VIP movement” in the area beginning at 2 p.m. today through 5 p.m. Sunday.

After the midnight deadline passed without an agreement, the White House lashed out in a statement, blaming Democrats for the closure.

“This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement

It was unclear what Congress might do over the weekend to reopen the government. House members were dismissed from Capitol Hill midday Friday but told to remain in Washington in case of further votes.

>> Shutdown: Some Senate Dems from Trump states vote with GOP; Florida’s Bill Nelson does not

But as of 5:45 a.m. it was not known if the president would also remain in Washington and continue negotiations there. Roads near Mar-a-Lago remain closed.

Although most of Trump’s recent visits to Palm Beach have included daily 5-hour outings to his golf course in West Palm Beach, this weekend’s visit would be less about golf and more about raising money for the president’s 2020 re-election bid and celebrating his first year in office.

About 100 of the president’s richest supporters are expected at the big-ticket fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago tonight. And with the promise of a photo with the president included in the $100,000 per couple ticket price, the president’s presence at the event is crucial. 

If the president visits this weekend, it will be his twelfth visit since becoming president. 

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The president’s evolving travel plans have had no impact on the Inaugural Impeachment March to Mar-a-Lago, a protest today in Palm Beach. More than 500 protesters are expected to march from the east end of Worth Avenue, south towards Mar-a-Lago along the ocean.

Saturday’s protest  comes less than a week after 400 Haitian protesters gathered on Southern Boulevard on Monday to protest the alleged vulgar comments Trump made about Africa and Haiti in a meeting with lawmakers last week. 

>> Haitian protesters voice outrage, march across bridge to Mar-a-Lago

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