Where will President Trump watch the Super Bowl? Likely, Palm Beach


Odds are good that President Trump will be in town this weekend.

It’s been 15 days since he swung a golf club, the weekend forecast calls for snow in Washington, DC and he has a Super Bowl party to host at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

GALLERY: Browse photos from the 2017 Super Bowl party at Trump International

The president traditionally watches the game at his club and last year - just two weeks into his presidency - he continued that tradition. His attire was more formal than worn to most Super Bowl parties — a dark blue suit and bright red tie. His formal chief of staff, Reince Preibus, work the same outfit and brought his family along. Guests sat at round tables with blue table clothes rather than couches and Lazy-Boys and sipped ice water and tea from glasses rather than beer from bottles and red cups.

The Palm Beach Central High School band greeted the president and first lady before they joined a few hundred guests - many members of Mar-a-Lago and the golf club. But he left the party during the third quarter, missing the Patriots’ stunning fourth-quarter comeback, sending the game into overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history, then driving for a touchdown to win the game 34-28.

Trump has not revealed whether he will root for the Patriots, owned by close friend Robert Kraft, who donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration. Kraft has said that he and Trump forged a stronger friendship when Kraft’s philanthropist wife of nearly 50 years, Myra, died of cancer in 2011 at 68. Her death devastated Kraft, and Trump and his wife Melania expressed a continuing concern for him and his family.

Kraft even gave Trump a Super Bowl LI ring after his Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl last year. But the men have found themselves at odds over  the president’s vehement condemnation of NFL players who kneel during the playing of the national anthem before games as a sign of solidarity for what they perceive as unfair treatment of minorities in the country.

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Kraft went so far as to issue a statement saying he was “deeply disappointed” by the tone of the president’s comments: “I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”

As for golf, the president last played at his West Palm Beach course over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The golf outings have taken on a ritualistic feel, with the president leaving Mar-a-Lago mid-morning and returning after about 4 hours. He regularly plays with pros, including locals Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. The White House does not release the scores and the press is not allowed to photograph the president on the links.



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