Trump spends quiet day in Palm Beach County — except on Twitter


President Donald Trump spent a relatively quiet day in Palm Beach County Thursday, enjoying another visit to one of his golf clubs while many other local residents were enjoying holiday breaks, too.

The administration again provided no details on whether the president golfed or simply relaxed at Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated Palm Beach County. No readout, however, was necessary to know what was on Trump’s mind at various points during the day Thursday.

After he left his Mar-a-Lago estate Thursday on Palm Beach for a quick, uneventful trip to Trump International, Trump tweeted out a shot at Vanity Fair, blasting the magazine, which recently apologized for a video about the president’s bete noire, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In doing so, the president used an abbreviation for the “Crooked Hillary” nickname he frequently uses for the rival he vanquished nearly 14 months ago. Trump also took a shot at a former Clinton donor he described as Vanity Fair’s editor, Anna Wintour.

“Anna Wintour, who was all set to be Amb to Court of St James’s & a big fundraiser for CH, is beside herself in grief & begging for forgiveness!” Trump tweeted.

“CH” – Trumpian abbreviation for Crooked Hillary – might well have considered Wintour, a native of Great Britain, for an appointment had Clinton won the presidency. High-profile donors to successful presidential campaigns often get plum diplomatic posts. (Trump selections for ambassador to Canada, Italy, Belgium — and Britain — donated to his campaign, according to a report from The Los Angeles Times.)

Vanity Fair did apologize for a New Year’s video of Clinton it said “missed the mark.”

But it wasn’t Wintour who was “begging for forgiveness.” She is the editor of Vogue, not Vanity Fair.

Another presidential tweet, this one issued at midday, found the president taking aim at China.

“Caught RED HANDED — very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea,” the president tweeted. “There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!”

Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping during a much-heralded summit at Mar-a-Lago in April.

As a candidate, Trump made China a frequent target for his barbs, saying it had taken advantage of the U.S. in trade and that, upon his election, the one-sided business relationship would end.

At the Mar-a-Lago summit with Xi, however, it wasn’t a table-pounding deal-maker who greeted Xi. That tact isn’t unusual; presidents typically don’t host world leaders to browbeat them, a major diplomatic no-no.

But Trump’s response to Xi at Mar-a-Lago was striking largely because of how, as a candidate, he had portrayed China to be a smart bully that had manhandled a hapless U.S.

“We have developed a friendship,” Trump said after meeting Xi at his Palm Beach estate, according to multiple press reports. “I can see that. I think, long term, we are going to have a very, very great relationship, and I look very much forward to it.”

Later, when the Chinese pulled out all of the stops to impress him during a Trump trip to Beijing in November, he was effusive in his praise of Xi, who had not long before given himself more power over his vast nation.

If a recent report from a South Korean newspaper is to be believed, Trump’s comments in Palm Beach County and Beijing have not bought Chinese compliance in observing sanctions imposed against North Korea because of its burgeoning nuclear program.

The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo has reported that U.S. spy satellites observed Chinese ships transferring oil to North Korean ships in violation of U.S.-backed United Nations sanctions.

China is North Korea’s principal trading partner, and geopolitical experts have said its support is essential if the sanctions are to be effective in changing North Korean behavior.

Whether they are poking Clinton or prodding China, Trump’s tweets are part of what endears him to his base.

Some members of that base lined a portion of the Southern Boulevard bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway on Thursday afternoon as Trump’s motorcade brought him back from his golf club to Mar-a-Lago.

Supporters waved, cheered and held aloft signs indicating their backing of the president, whose motorcade slowed markedly as it approached them.

Trump smiled and waved before returning to Mar-a-Lago for the evening, when he tweeted about the cold wave hitting the Eastern U.S. and global warming shortly after 7 p.m.




Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49
'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Verne Troyer, famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" comedies died Saturday. He was 49. 
Convicted murderer leaves courthouse before verdict is read
Convicted murderer leaves courthouse before verdict is read

A man convicted of murder Friday left a courthouse in Atlanta, before the verdict could be read. Verlaine Laguerre, 26, was found guilty in the killing of Matthew Hardeman, who was 19 at the time of his death. After a long legal battle, Laguerre and Prentice Baker were convicted of Hardeman’s murder Friday and sentenced to life in prison, plus...
Two days after Barbara Bush's death, a granddaughter gives birth
Two days after Barbara Bush's death, a granddaughter gives birth

Just two days after the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, her granddaughter Lauren Bush Lauren and her husband, David, welcomed Max Walker Lauren to the family. According to a Facebook post from Barbara’s Bush son Neil Bush, Max was born on Thursday. Arriving two weeks before his mom’s due date, the baby boy weighed 7 pounds, 8...
Fight over Facebook post causes Florida woman to lose toe
Fight over Facebook post causes Florida woman to lose toe

A Jacksonville, Florida, woman lost part of her toe in a fight that apparently started because of a post on Facebook, according to police.  On Tuesday at 11:47 p.m., an officer responded to a call about a battery with injuries at a residence in the 1700 block of W. 27th Street.  The caller said that a woman would not leave her property, but...
Gift cards expire as Toys R Us store liquidation sales continue
Gift cards expire as Toys R Us store liquidation sales continue

If you haven’t redeemed your Toys R Us gift cards, get to your nearest store ASAP. The April 21 expiration date also applies to the company’s Endless Earnings eGift Cards for customers who earned rewards from baby registry purchases. Liquidations sales began at Toys R Us stores nationwide as early as March 23. At that time, customers who...
More Stories