Trump in Palm Beach: President praises, poses with PBSO officers before leaving PBIA

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: President Trump posed with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office officers on the tarmac at Palm Beach International Airport this afternoon before leaving on Air Force One.

Later, while en route to Washington, he tweeted a photo and praised the “incredible”officers who “keep us safe and are very cool about it!”

Air Force One arrived in Washington around 4:35 p.m.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: Air Force One has departed Palm Beach International Airport, bringing to a close the president’s  17th visit to Mar-a-Lago. 

Moments before leaving the president posed with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office motorcycle detail, which patrols the motorcade route when the president travels to and from Palm Beach International Airport and Trump International Golf Club.

The six-day visit brought a slew of advisers and high-profile guests, including Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie, Chief of Staff John Kelly, Press Secretary Sarah Saunders and the president’s national security adviser John Bolton and economic adviser Larry Kudlow. 

The president arrived Monday, April 16 after making a brief stop in Hialeah to discuss his tax cuts. The Japanese delegation arrived Tuesday afternoon.


Mrs. Abe went directly to Loggers’ Run Middle School in Boca Raton, where she met with students and shared sushi preparation techniques with students in the culinary arts program.

While the president golfed with Abe at his club in suburban West Palm Beach on Wednesday, the first ladies toured the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach.


After the Japanese Prime Minister left Thursday morning, the president made a quick trip to Key West to visit a  military facility that combats drug trafficking and criminal networks.

The president golfed on Friday and Saturday, but opted to watch Sunday morning news programs instead of squeezing in more golf before leaving this afternoon.

The president posted 66 tweets while in South Florida, and re-tweeted another 15. Topics included former FBI Director James Comey, former first lady Barbara Bush, oil prices and his excitement at accepting an invitation to speak at the Naval Academy’s upcoming graduation. 

A loose crowd of about 70 people, as well as various law enforcement personnel, lined either side of Southern Boulevard between Lake and Georgia Avenues to watch the president’s motorcade pass.

For Tim and Angela Shaw of Wellington, the stop was an unplanned bit of providence. 

“We were on the way home from church and saw they had blocked traffic,” said Angela, cell phone at the ready. “It’s not every day you get to see the president drive by.”

A few feet away in front of the service station at the northwest corner, Javier Acevedo of West Palm was also waiting – “to leave. I came here to rent a truck, and I totally forgot (Trump) was in town. Now we can’t leave.”

Over at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Rinker Athletic Campus, a trio of recently-graduated soccer players were practicing kicking balls in the red dirt. They’ve gotten so used to the planes flying overhead, seeing Air Force One up close and personal “is a big deal but then again, it’s not,” explained John Hollinger. “It interrupts practice.”

UPDATE 2:22 p.m.: The president’s motorcade has left Mar-a-Lago and is en route to Palm Beach International Airport.

UPDATE 9:02 a.m.: The president is not golfing but instead watching Sunday morning news programs.

Good morning. It’s 75 degrees at Mar-a-Lago under partly cloudy skies. Thunderstorms are expected today with a high of 81 degrees. Here’s a look at Mar-a-Lago.

TRUMP CAM:  Live view of Mar-a-Lago

The president has no official events on his schedule. He is expected to leave Palm Beach and return to Washington, DC at about 2:30 p.m.

The president golfed Saturday morning but returned to Mar-a-Lago in time to watch the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

Melania Trump attended the funeral and sat in the front row beside former President Barack Obama. 

Later Saturday the president posted five tweets, two focusing on the Comey memos. In another tweet, the president said he’s considering a posthumous pardon for black boxing champ Jack Johnson at the urging of actor Sylvester Stallone. Johnson was convicted in 1913 by a white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines.

The Southern Boulevard Bridge and roads near Mar-a-Lago remain closed.

Are the president’s winter visits over? With temperatures rising and Mar-a-Lago closing soon for the summer, the president may decide its time to visit his home and golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. 

PHOTOS: President’s visit to Mar-a-Lago, April 16-22, 2018

Next Saturday, April 28,  the  president will attend a rally in Washington, Michigan. Mar-a-Lago closes for  the summer on Mother’s Day, May 13.

Staff writer Leslie Gray Streeter contributed to this article.

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