Though several miles of two major arteries were closed in West Palm Beach Tuesday evening, traffic delays were minimal as President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Palm Beach for his first visit since winning the presidential election earlier this month.
The Palm Beach Post learned this past weekend that Trump was planning to make his annual Thanksgiving visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate, where’s he’s spent the holiday for the past 20 years. Trump was joined by his wife, Melania, son, Barron, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, among others, according to a pool report.
Trump’s plane arrived at Palm Beach International Airport just after 7 p.m., and he was then taken by motorcade to Mar-a-Lago, which sits a straight shot down Southern Boulevard from PBIA. Southern and several of its intersecting roads — including Interstate 95 — had to be closed until the motorcade passed.
Traffic cameras, congestion-monitoring apps and eyewitnesses reported few delays during what the Florida Department of Transportation says is a peak time for travel during the Thanksgiving holidays. Onlookers lined Southern Boulevard, with many parking at the Publix just east of I-95.
This procedure is going to start sounding very familiar: Any time Trump comes to visit, this will be how he is escorted from PBIA to Mar-a-Lago and back.
Trump spent some time on Twitter during the short trip from Palm Beach International Airport to his estate. He tweeted about the deadly Chattanooga, Tennessee, school bus crash that happened late yesterday, sending his condolences to the victims’ families and saying, “These beautiful children will be remembered!”