Trump’s  winter visits to Mar-a-Lago: 47 days, 220 tweets, 29 golf outings

Mar-a-Lago is about to close its gilded doors for the summer, meaning Palm Beach’s most famous snowbird - President Donald Trump - likely won’t be seen in Palm Beach until the fall.

The president made 10 visits to Mar-a-Lago during the 2017-2018 winter season - beginning Nov. 21, 2017 with a six-day visit to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family.

But the controversy over Mar-a-Lago’s winter season began several months before Trump arrived, when 25 charities canceled fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago following the president’s controversial remarks in the aftermath of the deadly violence at a neo-Nazis and white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va.

The club recouped some of those losses when the Republican National Committee spent $224,857 to host fundraisers and a retreat at the club.

The president was expected on Jan. 20 to headline a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for his re-election campaign but canceled due to the government shutdown.

Click the timeline below for more photos and details of the president’s winter visits.

As for tweeting and golf, the president posted 220 tweets from Mar-a-Lago and visited his golf club 29 of the 47 days in Palm Beach during the season. On 10 of the 47 days he was arrived in Palm Beach too late in the day to hit the links.

His golf partners included Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo AbeSean Hannity, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and golf greats Jack NicklausTiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, currently the top  ranked  player in the world.

The president made it to church twice - on Christmas Eve and Easter - at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, the Episcopal church where they were married and their son Barron was baptized. 

Trump’s  supporters far outnumbered protesters along the motorcade route. Their numbers grew after the president surprised members of the self-proclaimed “Trump Squad” stationed at the Southern Boulevard bridge with an invitation to meet with him for selfies and snacks.

Politicking included meetings with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

A two-day summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe brought more political notables to town, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Adviser John Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence and economic adviser Larry Kudlow. 

Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan. The summit focused on trade and North Korea.

The president will likely visit his course in Bedminster, New Jersey during the summer and return to Palm Beach in November. Already, it appears next season will bring changes.


One of the charities that canceled its fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago this season in wake of the president’s description of some white supremacists at a deadly protest as “very fine people,” is returning to Mar-a-Lago. Others may follow.

The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Medical Forum and Luncheon will return to Trump’s winter White House on Jan. 10, 2019, according to its social calendar listing.

Still, to be seen is how the results of the mid-term elections could affect the president’s visits. By Thanksgiving, when  Trump is likely to return,  Trump’s clout in Washington could fizzle if Republicans lose the House. 

Would a loss mean Trump would spend more weekends in Washington fighting for his agenda or retreat to Mar-a-Lago?

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