JUPITER — Hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Donald Trump showed off a pair of his Palm Beach County golf courses Saturday, zooming past a clutch of early-morning protesters who staked out Trump National in Jupiter.
About 20 protesters waited roughly an hour at Donald Ross Road and Alternate A1A to register their unhappiness with the president.
Some held a cloth banner that read, “The Power of the People is Stronger than the People in Power.” Others held signs indicating their displeasure with the president’s stands on the environment and his appointment of controversial nationalist Steve Bannon as a political advisor, whom Trump’s critics say is pulling the strings in the White House.
“Welcome President Bannon,” read a sign held by Mary Anna Eaton of Boynton Beach.
“He certainly doesn’t belong in the White House,” Eaton said of Bannon. “He’s a white supremacist. He’s a white nationalist. He certainly has no good intentions for our country.”
Other protesters felt the same way about Trump.
Susy Fliegelman drove from Miami to join the protestors.
“There are about 600 reasons why I’m here,” she said. “He’s ignoring us. He’s ignoring the people. It’s just awful.”
Tracy Segal of Palm Beach Gardens said voters need to be vigilant throughout Trump’s presidency.
“We need to do whatever we can,” she said. “We need to stay awake. It’s not like I think it’ll make a big difference standing here, but I think the more he hears that people are watching what he’s doing and care, the better.”
Some who turned out Saturday morning weren’t impressed by the protesters, who, at one point, shouted into a megaphone: “The people, united, can never be divided.”
“They’ve got, like 10 people,” a passerby said. “What are they united in?”
A motorist registered his displeasure with the protesters by rapidly accelerating as he approached them, his large truck emitting a dark cloud of smoke. The driver did that again when he passed journalists covering the president’s appearance.
Trump’s motorcade traveled down Donald Ross Road to Trump National, where he stayed for 5-1/2 hours.
Nancy Eberle of Palm Beach Gardens and Eddie Radut of Jupiter stood and waited about 3 hours for a glimpse of the president.
As the president’s motorcade drove past them on its way to Trump International in West Palm Beach, they were rewarded.
Trump smiled and waved vigorously as his limousine drove past them.
“This is probably the first and last time I would see the president,” Radut said. “Why not do it?”
For Eberle, who had sung the president’s praises as she waited to see him, getting a wave — and a brief recording and picture of his motorcade — had special meaning.
“My dad is ill, and I wanted to get the picture of the motorcade for him,” Eberle said. “He’s 79 years old. He is so pro-Trump. He’s a military man, and he’s happy with what Trump will do for veterans.”
By the time Trump emerged from Trump National, the protesters were long gone. And they weren’t much in evidence at Trump International, where the president’s golfing day was to draw to a close.
Secret Service agents discreetly ringed the course. At entrances, large black vehicles — occupied by large men with large guns — were the only indications that, within the high hedge walls of Trump International, was the president of the United States.