Trump News Today: Gridiron dinner leads to abbreviated weekend visit


It looks like an abbreviated weekend at Mar-a-Lago for President Donald Trump, who is scheduled to arrive in Palm Beach on Friday but has a Saturday night appearance in Washington at the 133rd annual Gridiron Club dinner.

Trump skipped the Gridiron dinner last year, but the White House announced last month he will attend. 

The Gridiron appearance conflicts with an  “Evening reception with Donald J. Trump” fundraiser that was also scheduled for Saturday night at Mar-a-Lago.

That event could now be re-scheduled as a lunch.

An alert issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to pilots for the president’s visit this weekend prescribes flight restrictions from 3:15 p.m. Friday to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday.

The Republican National Committee’s annual spring retreat for major donors is Friday through Sunday at an undisclosed site in Palm Beach. Invitations to that event advertise an appearance by Trump, who spoke to the gathering last year at the Four Seasons Resort. 

Trump has already canceled his appearance at one fundraiser this year. On Jan. 20 he was scheduled to headline a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago — the first anniversary of his swearing-in — but canceled to remain in Washington during a brief federal government shutdown.

The Town of Palm Beach issued a traffic alert on Thursday, warning of road closures near Mar-a-Lago beginning Friday at 6 a.m. and expected to be closed through Saturday.

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Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes. It is recommended that all household staff, landscaper maintenance companies, pool companies, etc. adjust their schedules accordingly so as not to spend an unnecessary amount of time in traffic due to the closure.

Here is the president’s schedule for today.

10:00 a.m.: Intelligence briefing. 

11:45 a.m.: Meeting on school safety.

12:30 p.m.: Lunch with the Vice President and the Secretary of Defense.

2:00 p.m.: Meeting  with members of the Senate. 

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