- George Bennett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
President Donald Trump should arrive at Mar-a-Lago late Friday night, then take a side trip to Mississippi on Saturday before returning to his tropical estate for the rest of the weekend, new notices from the Federal Aviation Administration suggest.
Trump is scheduled to appear at a campaign rally in Pensacola on Friday night before flying to Palm Beach International Airport.
The FAA today issued flight restrictions for the area around Palm Beach from 11 p.m. Friday to 9:30 a.m. Saturday. A separate FAA notice restricts flights in the area from 2:30 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday.
During the five-hour window on Saturday, the president is scheduled to be in Mississippi, where Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said he will attend the openings of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
NAACP President Derrick Johnson criticized Trump’s plan to visit the civil rights museum, saying the president has an “abysmal” record on civil rights.
Asked Tuesday about the possibility of protests of Trump’s Mississippi visit, Sanders said such actions would be “very sad. I think this is something that should bring the country together to celebrate the opening of this museum and highlighting civil rights movement and the progress that we’ve made. And would I hope that those individuals would join in that celebration instead of protesting it. However, they have every right to protest it.”
In Palm Beach, police will start closing roads around Mar-a-Lago about 1 p.m. Friday, and those roads will remain closed through Sunday. During the closure period, all forms of travel, including pedestrian travel, will be prohibited on South Ocean Blvd from South County Road to Southern Boulevard. The travel restrictions will also extend eastward to the ocean. Residents of the closure area will be granted access with proper credentials.
Trump has made eight visits as president to Mar-a-Lago. He’s also expected to return for Christmas, though the White House has not released any details.