Air Force One took off from Palm Beach International Airport about 5:30 p.m. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left earlier in the day after spending nearly two full days with Trump, including discussions Friday at the White House and an outing Saturday morning to Trump’s two Palm Beach County golf courses.
The prime minister and his wife, Akie Abe, stayed at Mar-a-Lago from Friday evening through Sunday morning. First lady Melania Trump and Akie Abe spent Saturday morning touring the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in suburban Delray Beach.
Trump’s motorcade to PBIA was greeted by protesters, as well as some supporters.
Stay with The Palm Beach Post for any further updates.
5:40 p.m. UPDATE: Air Force One has taken off from Palm Beach International Airport with President Donald Trump onboard.
Air Force One is off the ground pic.twitter.com/Ja1cBGJD4P— Matt Morgan (@MetroMattMorgan) February 12, 2017
After spending the weekend in Palm Beach, Trump is returning to Washington, D.C., this evening, where he’s scheduled to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tomorrow at the White House.
Protesters and supporters who had gathered along Southern Boulevard just east of I-95 are wrapping up, with some protesters staying behind to clean up any trash left behind. A protest organizer told the Post earlier this week that because protesters had an environmental message for the president, they would conduct a road clean-up after their rally.
Protestor with a garbage bag is making sure all the trash is picked up pic.twitter.com/WWO7WC6L8U— Matt Morgan (@MetroMattMorgan) February 12, 2017
5:27 p.m. UPDATE: In a tweet that appears to be sent from his motorcade as it traveled down Southern Boulevard past supporters and protesters, President Donald Trump said the "FAKE NEWS media” is refusing to cover “big crowds of enthusiastic supporters” that line the road.
Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
The Palm Beach Post earlier had reported on the supporters’ presence and included a photo in this story. Some of the president’s supporters were positioned near Bingham Island, which sits just west of Mar-a-Lago, while another group stood along Southern in front of a Cuban restaurant, waving Cuban and American flags and “Make America Great Again” signs.
5:13 p.m. UPDATE: President Trump has left Mar-a-Lago to go to Palm Beach International Airport. He’s slated to take off aboard Air Force One at 5:25 p.m.
5:07 p.m. UPDATE: Protesters continue to wait for President Trump’s motorcade to travel along Southern Boulevard to Palm Beach International Airport. Watch live video from the scene:
5 p.m. UPDATE: President Trump is expected to leave Palm Beach soon as he heads to the airport to take Air Force One back to Washington, D.C.
More than 100 protesters have lined the sidewalk on Southern Boulevard in front of the Publix just east of I-95.
Here's a look at the Dakota Access Pipeline protestors along Southern Boulevard where President Trump is expected to pass shortly pic.twitter.com/342rSPd35f— Matt Morgan (@MetroMattMorgan) February 12, 2017
With Trump’s motorcade soon on the move, drivers in the area can expect temporary road blocks on the north-south streets adjacent to Southern between Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach International Airport.
4:45 p.m. UPDATE: After earlier reporting a departure time of 6 p.m., the White House now says President Trump will leave Mar-a-Lago at 5 p.m. to head to Palm Beach International Airport, where Air Force One will take off at 5:25 p.m.
Over 100 protesters have gathered outside the Publix on Southern Boulevard, the route the President will take to the airport. The protesters are rallying around a number of causes, from the Affordable Care Act to their opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Trump supporters are lining the north side of Southern Boulevard, directly across from the anti-Trump protesters.
4:30 p.m. UPDATE: The number of people protesting along Southern Boulevard is growing ahead of President Trump’s expected 6 p.m. departure from Mar-a-Lago for Palm Beach International Airport. Organizers hope to line Southern from Flagler to Palm Beach International Airport as they carry signs expressing opposition to planned pipeline projects throughout the U.S.
Watch video taken live at the scene:
UPDATE: Protest organizers now say they will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Publix parking lot off Southern Boulevard just east of I-95 and spread out from there.
EARLIER STORY: As Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plan to leave Palm Beach today, protesters say they will line Southern Boulevard as the president heads to Palm Beach International Airport.
The protest was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. but was moved up to start at 1:30 p.m. after organizers heard that Trump changed plans and would head to PBIA from Mar-a-Lago in the afternoon.
Michelle Kendall with the group Indivisible – The Resistance told the Post earlier this week that protesters want to call Trump’s attention to several pipeline projects in the works in the United States, including the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, and the Sabal Trail pipeline in Florida.
“We are determined to be heard,” Kendall said Saturday night in an email to The Post. “We will not be avoided! This is too important for us to walk away because of a time change.”