Christine Stapleton

Christine Stapleton has been a reporter for the Palm Beach Post since 1986. She has covered a variety beats, including a decade as the paper's court reporter and another as data editor. She distinguished herself in her coverage of award-winning reporting on migrant farmworkers, the 2000 Presidential election and the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. She currently covers the environment, politics and special investigations. She still loves what she does.

Latest from Christine Stapleton

Trump in Palm Beach: President back in Washington after protests near Mar-a-Lago
  Update 3:03 p.m. President Trump did not tweet about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today but did re-tweet a White House tweet with comments from the president about Dr. King. Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump family members also tweeted today.   Update 1:55 p.m.: Trump has arrived back at Mar-a-Lago and is expected to...

Posted: a day ago

Update 3:03 p.m. President Trump did not tweet about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today but did re-tweet a White House tweet with comments from the president about Dr. King. Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump family members also tweeted today.   Update 1:55 p.m.: Trump has arrived back at Mar-a-Lago and is expected to...
Trump’s Sunday in Palm Beach: Golf, private dinner with Rep. McCarthy
 “I’m ready, willing and able to make a deal on DACA, but the Democrats aren’t willing,” President Donald Trump said Sunday night to reporters in West Palm Beach. The black-suited Trump stopped to answer a few questions as he entered his Trump International Golf Club. He was speaking about the Deferred Action Childhood...

Posted: 2 days ago

“I’m ready, willing and able to make a deal on DACA, but the Democrats aren’t willing,” President Donald Trump said Sunday night to reporters in West Palm Beach. The black-suited Trump stopped to answer a few questions as he entered his Trump International Golf Club. He was speaking about the Deferred Action Childhood...
No Trump corporate helicopter at Mar-a-Lago today
 When President Trump returned to Mar-a-Lago on Friday, he did not bring with him a Trump corporate helicopter. The controversial helipad at Mar-a-Lago, which is to be used only for presidential business, sits empty. But questions about why a Trump corporate helicopter sat on the helipad during the Trump family’s 10-day holiday...

Posted: 3 days ago

When President Trump returned to Mar-a-Lago on Friday, he did not bring with him a Trump corporate helicopter. The controversial helipad at Mar-a-Lago, which is to be used only for presidential business, sits empty. But questions about why a Trump corporate helicopter sat on the helipad during the Trump family’s 10-day holiday...
Trump in Palm Beach: President, Melania and Barron arrive at Mar-a-Lago
 UPDATE 7:10 p.m.: Trump family arrives at Mar-a-Lago.  UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: Trump, Melania and Barron were seen descending the stairs at PBIA before heading to Mar-a-Lago.   UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: President Trump lands at Palm Beach International Airport.  UPDATE 6:40 p.m.: Throughout Palm Beach County, dozens...

Posted: 4 days ago

UPDATE 7:10 p.m.: Trump family arrives at Mar-a-Lago.  UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: Trump, Melania and Barron were seen descending the stairs at PBIA before heading to Mar-a-Lago.   UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: President Trump lands at Palm Beach International Airport.  UPDATE 6:40 p.m.: Throughout Palm Beach County, dozens...
Trump in Palm Beach: Sweepstakes winner will dine at Mar-a-Lago with president
 For just $1, you and a friend could win dinner with President Trump, his family and friends at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday, Jan. 20 to celebrate the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, according to a sweepstakes contest sponsored by a Trump campaign committee. Trump Make America Great Again Committee sent an email announcing the sweepstakes...

Posted: 6 days ago

For just $1, you and a friend could win dinner with President Trump, his family and friends at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday, Jan. 20 to celebrate the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, according to a sweepstakes contest sponsored by a Trump campaign committee. Trump Make America Great Again Committee sent an email announcing the sweepstakes...
BREAKING: Road closures near Mar-a-Lago begin Friday
 The town of Palm Beach has issued a traffic alert beginning Friday near Mar-a-Lago. The town will begin closing roads near Mar-a-Lago about 8 a.m. on Friday. The closures will be in effect through Monday, Jan. 15. Although the White House has not confirmed a visit from President Trump this weekend, the FAA has issued a warning to pilots to...

Posted: 7 days ago

The town of Palm Beach has issued a traffic alert beginning Friday near Mar-a-Lago. The town will begin closing roads near Mar-a-Lago about 8 a.m. on Friday. The closures will be in effect through Monday, Jan. 15. Although the White House has not confirmed a visit from President Trump this weekend, the FAA has issued a warning to pilots to...
FAA: Trump likely coming to Mar-a-Lago this weekend
 President Trump is likely to be visiting the winter White House at Mar-a-Lago on Friday through Monday, according to an advisory issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. The “VIP Movement Notification” for Palm Beach was issued on Sunday. The visit will be Trump’s 11th presidential visit. He made two other visits as...

Posted: 9 days ago

President Trump is likely to be visiting the winter White House at Mar-a-Lago on Friday through Monday, according to an advisory issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. The “VIP Movement Notification” for Palm Beach was issued on Sunday. The visit will be Trump’s 11th presidential visit. He made two other visits as...
Trump in Palm Beach: F-16 fighter jets intercept private plane
 Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a private plane on Sunday afternoon that was flying in air space prohibited during the president’s visits to Mar-a-Lago. According to a spokesman for NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the fighter jets from Homestead Air Reserve Base were already patrolling nearby airspace when they...

Posted: 16 days ago

Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a private plane on Sunday afternoon that was flying in air space prohibited during the president’s visits to Mar-a-Lago. According to a spokesman for NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the fighter jets from Homestead Air Reserve Base were already patrolling nearby airspace when they...
Trump in Palm Beach: VIPs flock to New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago
 The stars were out in full force Sunday night as President Donald Trump threw a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach. Trump, who spent the afternoon golfing, tweeted out New Year’s wishes and predicted a “fantastic 2018.” Hundreds of people attended the pricey bash, including Treasury Secretary...

Posted: 16 days ago

The stars were out in full force Sunday night as President Donald Trump threw a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach. Trump, who spent the afternoon golfing, tweeted out New Year’s wishes and predicted a “fantastic 2018.” Hundreds of people attended the pricey bash, including Treasury Secretary...
Trump in Palm Beach: VIPs flock to New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago 
 UPDATE 12:15 a.m.: Hundreds of people attended the pricey New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former baseball star Keith Hernandez and Donald Trump’s three oldest children.  The president predicted a “fantastic 2018” as he arrived to ring in 2018.  Tickets for...

Posted: 16 days ago

UPDATE 12:15 a.m.: Hundreds of people attended the pricey New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former baseball star Keith Hernandez and Donald Trump’s three oldest children.  The president predicted a “fantastic 2018” as he arrived to ring in 2018.  Tickets for...