UPDATE: President Trump leaves Palm Beach for return to D.C.


FINAL UPDATE: Air Force One has taken off with President Donald Trump onboard for his return to Washington, D.C. According to pool reports, New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft joined Trump on Air Force One. The pair reportedly had dinner together Friday night

Tomorrow, the president will travel to Louisville, Kentucky, for a campaign-style rally, where he’s expected to speak about the proposed changes to Obamacare.

Check back with The Palm Beach Post for complete coverage of President Donald Trump.

4:20 p.m. UPDATE: President Donald Trump has left Mar-a-Lago for the short drive to Palm Beach International Airport — but not before stopping one last time to greet supporters. 

The president halted his motorcade for about a minute as he stepped out of his armored SUV to greet some of the dozens of people gathered on Southern Boulevard near Mar-a-Lago to catch a glimpse of Trump.

#donaldjtrump #valentinaaved #maralagopalmbeach #valentinastreasures326 #12018384838 villavalentina.123look.com

A post shared by Valentina Deva (@realtorvalentina) on

Southern is now closed, along with I-95, Australian Avenue, Dixie Highway and other adjoining north-south roads along the motorcade route.

3:35 p.m. UPDATE: TRAFFIC REMINDER: When President Donald Trump leaves Mar-a-Lago this afternoon to return to Washington, D.C., law enforcement officials will shut down Southern Boulevard between the island and Palm Beach International Airport, along with adjoining north-south roads. 

Air Force One is scheduled to take off from PBIA between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Drivers are advised to avoid the area, including Australian Avenue, I-95 and Dixie Highway. 

Alternate routes: Use Belvedere Road or Forest Hill Boulevard for east-west travel, and Florida’s Turnpike or Military Trail for north-south travel.

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: President Donald Trump in Palm Beach

3:25 p.m. UPDATE: With President Donald Trump slated to leave Palm Beach within the hour, both supporters and protesters are stationing themselves along the president’s motorcade route on Southern Boulevard from Mar-a-Lago to Palm Beach International Airport.

About 50 supporters have gathered on Bingham Island, near Trump’s part-time Palm Beach home.  

In front of Dreher Park just east of I-95, a few protesters are holding signs that spell out the words “narcissist,” “loser” and “liar.” 

3:05 p.m. UPDATE: As President Donald Trump’s motorcade passed supporters earlier on Bingham Island near Mar-a-Lago, onlookers say the president’s vehicle slowed so he could wave to the people lining the road.

Gisela Garneau of West Palm Beach said she screamed “We love you” to Trump when his SUV stopped and the president gave a thumbs up and blew a kiss before the procession resumed.

2:35 UPDATE: A group of protesters is beginning to gather along Southern Boulevard near Dreher Park, east of Interstate 95, ahead of President Donald Trump’s departure this afternoon.

Two local activism groups, Women’s March WPB and South Florida Activism, organized the protest and an accompanying picnic. According to a Facebook event, the protest and picnic began at 2:30 p.m. and will wrap up around 5. The president is scheduled to take off from Palm Beach International Airport sometime around 4 p.m. 

2:15 p.m. UPDATE: President Donald Trump once again stopped along his motorcade route Sunday to acknowledge supporters gathered near his Mar-a-Lago Club — but some supporters yesterday got a little closer to the president.

According to a pool report, Trump saw the supporters gathered on the side of Southern Boulevard yesterday holding signs for him. The president asked his staff to go find the supporters and bring them back to Mar-a-Lago — and they did. Read more here. 

1:30 p.m. UPDATE: Sharp-eyed passersby may have seen that there are two Air Force passenger planes parked at Palm Beach International Airport today. 

The smaller plane, which has been parked on the north side of the airport by the economy parking lot, could be for first lady Melania Trump, who, according to the White House, will not return aboard Air Force One with her husband to Washington, D.C. 

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: President Donald Trump in Palm Beach

On each of President Donald Trump’s visits to Palm Beach, Air Force One has been a popular spot for people to stop and take photos along the south side of PBIA. 

12:25 p.m. UPDATE: President Donald Trump has returned to his Mar-a-Lago Club after spending about three and a half hours at Trump International Golf Club in suburban West Palm Beach this morning.

There, the president held meetings and took phone calls, but also may have stepped out “to hit some golf balls,” according to the press pool. It could be Trump’s 10th golf outing since taking office in January. Read more here.

Trump is expected to leave Palm Beach around 4 p.m. today to return to Washington, D.C.

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: President Donald Trump in Palm Beach

11:50 a.m. UPDATE: Vice President Mike Pence soon will be on his way back to Washington, D.C., after visiting a Coral Springs church this morning.

Pence was interviewed onstage during the 10 a.m. service at Church by the Glades by the Rev. David Hughes. Read more here.

11 a.m. UPDATE: President Donald Trump is scheduled to leave about 4 this afternoon but that’s just an estimate, meaning it could be earlier or later.

Meanwhile, this weekend appears to be the coldest he’s had on Palm Beach since his inauguration.

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: President Donald Trump in Palm Beach

While it may not seem cold to northerners, this weekend in March has dropped the lowest temperatures on President Trump in his five weekend visits to the winter White House at Mar-a-Lago.

The president has been here on the weekends of Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, March 3 and March 17.

Friday the 19th saw the lowest low, according to AccuWeather, at 50 degrees, just 1 degree colder than Feb. 17.

President Trump has experienced highs in the 70s or 80s on every one of his winter visits but Friday’s high of 74 also was the coldest. For today’s excursion to Trump International, the president is experiencing the relatively balmy high of 79.

The noon temperature back in the president’s other home — the one in Washington, D.C. — on Sunday? 43 degrees.

» PHOTOS: President Trump in Palm Beach County

9:50 a.m. UPDATE: The White House has said President Trump will have “meetings and phone calls” while at his golf club. Trump also may step out to hit some golf balls, according to pool reports.

No further details were provided by the White House.

» RELATED: VP Pence takes photo with actor Nick Loeb at Mar-a-Lago

ORIGINAL STORY: After a 4½-hour visit to his Trump International Golf Club near West Palm Beach yesterday, President Donald Trump returned to his club shortly after 8:30 a.m. today, according to pool reports.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence is in Coral Springs this morning for a church service and an interview by the church’s pastor about his faith.

» RELATED: Juvenile crashes car outside Mar-a-Lago, faces psych review

This afternoon, Trump is scheduled to speak with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet by phone before leaving West Palm Beach for Washington, D.C.

Both the president and vice president were at Mar-a-Lago last night after Pence appeared in Jacksonville and at The Breakers in Palm Beach to speak about health care.

» RELATED: Trump, Pence visit Palm Beach as Democratic critic attends fundraiser



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

NEW: Boca councilwoman asks mayor to publicly apologize for ethics violations
NEW: Boca councilwoman asks mayor to publicly apologize for ethics violations

BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton councilwoman asked her colleague Mayor Susan Haynie to publicly apologize for violating ethics law when she voted on projects that benefited an outside client of her family’s business, developer James Batmasian. Councilwoman Monica Mayotte, who joined the five-person board in March, called...
NEW: Person of interest ID’d in Palm Beach Gardens dog theft
NEW: Person of interest ID’d in Palm Beach Gardens dog theft

A 48-year-old Palm Beach Gardens woman has been identified as a person of interest in the theft of a dog Saturday from a pet store. Police said they are seeking to speak to Heather Ryan regarding the theft of an 11-year-old Maltese mix named “Teddy” from the Petco store on Legacy Avenue.  She may be in Broward County as her...
Man once cleared in West Palm Chick-fil-A murder is going to prison
Man once cleared in West Palm Chick-fil-A murder is going to prison

Nearly two decades after the execution of an 18-year-old Forest Hill High School student at a West Palm Beach Chick-fil-A, the former co-worker once convicted, then exonerated of his murder, is now headed to prison on a heroin trafficking charge. Jesse Lee Miller, 36, of West Palm Beach, turned himself in Friday. He will go to prison as part of a five-year...
Cramped DMV on PGA Boulevard in Gardens to be replaced
Cramped DMV on PGA Boulevard in Gardens to be replaced

The days of sweltering in the heat or getting drenched in the rain while waiting for a new driver’s license soon will be over. Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon on Monday announced plans to demolish the cramped DMV office across from The Gardens Mall on PGA Boulevard to make way for a bigger, better North County Service Center. Construction...
A year after re-starting political career, McAuliffe shakes up judicial races
A year after re-starting political career, McAuliffe shakes up judicial races

Nearly a year after former Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe announced he would try to jump-start his abandoned political career by running for circuit judge, he is roiling election waters again. McAuliffe, who stepped down from his powerful position as the county’s top prosecutor in 2012 to work for an energy company headed...
More Stories