- George Bennett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
President Donald Trump ended his Christmas Twitter truce before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, resuming hostilities against the FBI from Mar-a-Lago before heading to his nearby golf course to play with a U.S. senator and two professional golfers.
Trump, who flew to Palm Beach on Friday after signing a sweeping tax reform bill, also tweeted early Tuesday that he wants Congress to take another stab at replacing Obamacare in 2018.
“Based on the fact that the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate has been terminated as part of our Tax Cut Bill, which essentially Repeals (over time) ObamaCare, the Democrats & Republicans will eventually come together and develop a great new HealthCare plan!” the president told Twitter followers at 6:58 a.m.
About 90 minutes later, Trump renewed his attacks on the FBI over the bureau’s 2016 decision to investigate whether Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia. Trump on Saturday and Sunday accused FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe of acting out of pro-Hillary Clinton bias when the bureau initiated the probe. After giving the issue a rest for about 48 hours over Christmas Eve and Christmas, the president took aim at FBI leaders again Tuesday morning after U.S. Rep.-turned-Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz suggested the bureau used a “bogus” dossier of unverified information to obtain a warrant to monitor Trump campaign figures.
Mentioning the morning Fox and Friends show in which Chaffetz appeared, Trump tweeted: “WOW…’Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.’ And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!”
Not long after that 8:24 a.m. tweet, Trump made the 4½-mile trip to Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach. As Trump’s motorcade entered the club shortly after 9 a.m., a lone woman with a dog on a leash stood across Summit Boulevard from the entrance with a cardboard sign that said “Pants On Fire” and depicted Trump with an elongated nose.
DeChambeau and Quigley join an impressive list of golfers who have teed off with Trump since he took office. Legends Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have joined Trump on the links, as have PGA Tour members Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger, Jim Herman, Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els, Dustin Johnson and Brad Faxon.
Perdue is at least the fourth senator to play golf with Trump this year. The president has also played with Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Perdue’s presence gave Tuesday’s outing some plausibility as a work-related event. On Monday, Trump tweeted: “I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!”
While Trump was on the course Tuesday, the White House issued a statement in which the president encouraged Americans to celebrate the “joyous time” of Kwanzaa, which began Tuesday.
Trump left the golf course around 2:15 p.m. As his motorcade neared Mar-a-Lago, more than 20 supporters gathered along Southern Boulevard near the bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway to cheer the president. Their signs included “Trump 2020,” “Trump Strong” and “Trump Didn’t Cause Your Hate, He Revealed It.”