Trump in Palm Beach: President to dine with GOP leaders at Mar-a-Lago

Updated March 02, 2018
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President Donald J. Trump with first lady, Melania arrive on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 2, 2018. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

President Trump is expected to attend political events at Mar-a-Lago during his quick trip to Palm Beach today.

PHOTOS: President Trump comes to Palm Beach for one-day trip

RELATED: Trump arrives in Palm Beach for RNC donor, re-election campaign events

UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: The president and first lady have arrived at Mar-a-Lago. Trump will host a 6:30 p.m. “roundtable with Republican National Committee supporters,” then speak at a 7:30 p.m. dinner for the RNC’s Spring Donor Retreat. The event is closed and will not be covered by the press.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Donald Trump in Palm Beach

President Donald Trump smiles and gives two thumbs up to supporters on Southern Boulevard as his motorcade heads to Mar-a-Lago Friday, March 2, 2018. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) Photo: Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: About 35 Donald Trump supporters stood near the Southern Boulevard Bridge on Friday afternoon, waiting for Trump to drive by in his motorcade. 

Many said they hadn’t been following recent headlines too closely, but some said they had heard about Hope Hicks, the White House communications director who will reportedly resign, becoming the fourth communications director to leave the job in the last year.

“I don’t think it has to do with Trump,” said Paula Magnuson, a Trump supporter from Palm Beach Gardens. “I think it has to do with the job.” 

Magnuson said she thinks Hicks and past communication directors were overloaded with the demands of the job. “I think they’re leaving because they get burned out so quickly,” Magnuson said. 

Mary Smith, a Trump supporter from Hypoluxo wearing red, white and blue Trump socks, said she hadn’t heard about Hicks because she doesn’t watch much news. 

“I don’t know who to believe or not,” Smith said. She said Trump’s presidency has been the first time she has “really been interested in politics.” 

“Politics to me has always been boring,” she said. 

Smith said she began liking politics the first time she saw Trump speak. Someone accused Trump of calling women dogs, she said, and Smith remembers Trump responding by saying “only Rosie O’Donnell”. 

“That’s when I knew it was gonna be a fun time.” 

Magnuson, however, said she had been keeping up with recent news. She said the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia is a “political ploy” and said liberals are using the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting as an excuse to “take guns away.”

 “The lefties are worse than McCarthyism,” Smith said. “They’re so much more invasive.”

UPDATE 3:35 p.m.: The president posted this tweet several hours after attending the funeral of Rev. Billy Graham. The twitter gaffe was quickly removed.

UPDATE 3:10 p.m. Air Force One has landed at Palm Beach International Airport.

UPDATE 3:07 p.m.: Preparations are underway  for the  president and first lady’s arrival momentarily at Palm Beach International Airport.


9:55 a.m. The president and first lady depart Dulles International Airport en route to Charlotte, North Carolina. 

11:35 a.m. Arrive at Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, North Carolina.

11:45 a.m. Greet the Graham family.

12 p.m. Attend the funeral of the Reverend Billy Graham.

1:40 p.m. Depart Charlotte Douglas International Airport en route to Palm Beach.

3:45 p.m. Arrive in Palm Beach.

4:05 p.m. Arrive at Mar-a-Lago Mar-a-Lago.

6:30 p.m. Hosts a roundtable with Republican National Committee supporters Mar-a-Lago.

7:30 p.m. Delivers remarks at the Republican National Committee Spring Donor Retreat Dinner at Mar-a-Lago.



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