How much time did Truman, JFK, Trump spend at their Florida White Houses?

Harry Truman in Key West, John F. Kennedy at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Palm Beach.

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump‘s seven visits to Mar-a-Lago during his first 100 days in office have put a distinct Florida stamp on his early presidency.

Click here to read how many days Trump has spent in Palm Beach — and how his time away from the White House compares to the getaway time of other presidents.

President Donald Trump enters Mar-a-Lago to begin a weekend in March. (Meghan McCarthy/Palm Beach Daily News)

Trump isn’t the first president to spend considerable time in the Sunshine State.

TRuman with adviser Clark Clifford in Key West (Truman Library photo)

Harry Truman spent about 15 percent of his presidency at the “Little White House” in Key West.

Kennedy with Stephen Smith and Peter Lawford at Palm Beach Country Club in 1961.

John F. Kennedy spent at least 96 full or partial days in Palm Beach, where his family owned an oceanfront mansion on North County Road.

 

Click here for more details on presidents from Roosevelt to Trump.

 

How many tweets has President Trump sent in his first 100 days?

Since taking office on Jan. 20, President Donald Trump has made national and international news with tweets sent from his @realDonaldTrump account.

And as of Saturday afternoon, Trump had tweeted from that account 516 times since becoming president, according to a search of TrumpTwitterArchive.com.

President Donald Trump works his phone after finishing a round of golf at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on Feb. 5. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

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In those tweets, Trump accused the Obama administration of “wire tapping” him in tweets sent early on March 4. He took on North Korea and Snoop Dogg. And he touted his accomplishments over his first 100 days in office. But according to an Associated Press analysis of his first 100 days of tweets, engagement with Trump’s brief messages through the social media channel is waning, meaning the number of likes, retweets, quotes and replies is dropping. Read more from the AP.

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Trump’s most popular tweets have commented on the economy, including the national debt and jobs numbers. Some of his most retweeted messages are those regarding his wiretapping claims. His tweets about allegations of ties between Russia and his campaign have drawn hundreds of thousands of retweets, likes and replies. His holiday messages also have proved to be among his most-retweeted: As of Friday afternoon, his Easter post had more than 41,000 retweets, and his Presidents’ Day tweet had nearly 50,000.

Those still are only a fraction of the number of retweets on Trump’s most popular tweet since announcing his candidacy in 2015: At 6:43 a.m. Nov. 8, election day, Trump tweeted, “TODAY WE MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” It has more than 344,000 retweets.

Here’s a look at Trump’s top 20 most popular tweets from his first 100 days.

 

 

 

 

 

2018 preview? At NRA convention, Rick Scott takes aim at Bill Nelson

Florida Gov. Rick Scott at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

ATLANTA — Florida Gov. Rick Scott today sounded an awful lot like the 2018 Senate candidate many expect him to be, telling the National Rifle Association convention that the GOP needs to increase its Senate majority and that Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson “has veered far left.”

 

Scott spoke for about five minutes after President Donald Trump addressed the group.

 

Scott faces term limits next year and is widely expected to run for Democrat Nelson’s seat, but hasn’t made any official announcement.

 

At the NRA gathering, Scott applauded the recent confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, but said the vote was too close for comfort.

 

“I believe it’s crucial that we increase the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate,” Scott said.

 

Nelson and most Democrats voted against Gorsuch.

 

“Look at the votes of this Supreme Court nominee and you can see that there are a number of senators who did not represent their state,” Scott said. “These senators need to be retired. Unfortunately one of my Florida senators, Bill Nelson, has veered far to the left. He voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan (liberal appointees of former President Barack Obama), and he just voted against Neil Gorsuch.”

 

WATCH: Trump speaks to NRA, first president to do so since Reagan

UPDATE: The White House is livestreaming President Donald Trump’s speech at the NRA Convention. Watch live in the video below:

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ATLANTA — President Donald Trump today will be the first sitting U.S. president since Ronald Reagan to address the National Rifle Association — cementing his pro-gun credentials after long ago advocating a ban on “assault weapons” and longer waiting periods to purchase firearms.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former U.S. Rep. Allen West, who represented a portion of Palm Beach County from 2011 to 2013, are also scheduled to speak at the NRA gathering. Trump will speak at 1:30 p.m., followed by Scott at 2:20. West will go on later in the afternoon, at 3:50 p.m.

» NRA Convention attendees give Trump high marks — before he even speaks

NRA members are “excited” to hear from President Donald Trump today in Atlanta, the group’s executive director says. (Michael Ares / The Palm Beach Post)

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The NRA was a key backer of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, endorsing him in May, before he had officially become the Republican nominee.

Check out MyPalmBeachPost.com and PostOnPolitics.com throughout the day for coverage of Trump, Scott and others at the NRA convention.

When Trump considered a 2000 run for president as a Reform Party candidate, he favored some gun restrictions opposed by the NRA.

“I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s Internet technology we should be able to tell within seventy-two hours if a potential gun buyer has a record,” said Trump’s 2000 book called “The America We Deserve.”

Trump faulted Democrats in the 2000 book for wanting “to confiscate all guns,”  while saying Republicans “walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions.”

Seventeen years later, Second Amendment advocates have no doubt that Trump is in their corner, NRA Executive Director Chris Cox said in a recent Fox News interview.

“This president ran as the most pro-Second Amendment, pro-individual freedom candidate in the history of the country, and if you look at how he’s governed over the first 100 days, he’s arguably been the most effective and most successful in the first 100 days of any presidency,” Cox said.

“So we’re really excited not only about him speaking, but Donald Trump being president of the United States and having a president who supports this basic individual and fundamental freedom.”

» What can the NRA expect Trump to say today? A look back at his RNC speech

 

 

 

Trump’s Labor secretary confirmed by Senate; his Palm Beach County ties

President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is now complete, as the Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta as secretary of the Department of Labor on a 60-38 vote Thursday evening.

The vote came just two days before Trump will mark his 100th day in office.

Alexander Acosta

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Acosta, who now serves as dean of the Florida International University School of Law, was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 2006 to 2009. He led several public corruption prosecutions in Palm Beach County following Palm Beach Post reports and federal investigations.

From an earlier report by Palm Beach Post reporter John Pacenti:

Acosta’s “office also was involved in the controversial prosecution of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, deciding in 2008 to let state prosecutors handled charges that Epstein engaged in sex with dozens of underage girls in what victims in a court document called ‘a sweetheart plea deal.’

“But Acosta’s public corruption prosecutions took plenty of scalps.

“Palm Beach County Commissioners Tony Masilotti, Warren Newell and Mary McCarty and West Palm Beach City Commissioners Jim Exline and Ray Liberti ended up doing time on corruption charges. And they were just the big names.”

» Read John Pacenti’s full report on Acosta’s background in Palm Beach County

Acosta is the first Hispanic on Trump’s Cabinet. He joins two other Floridians: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a Palm Beach resident, and Housing Secretary Ben Carson, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens.

Trump nominated Acosta for the Labor secretary post in February after Trump’s initial pick, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration.

 

 

Will Rick Scott ask Donald Trump about reimbursing Palm Beach County taxpayers?

Gov. Rick Scott with Donald Trump in New York during the presidential transition.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in West Palm Beach this morning for a Business Development Board meeting and to field questions from reporters.

 

The Palm Beach Post’s Wayne Washington asked the governor — who frequently talks to President Donald Trump and will appear with him Friday at a National Rifle Association convention in Atlanta — whether he’ll lobby the president to help Palm Beach County taxpayers recover the nearly $4 million in local costs associated with Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago.

 

Click here to see — on video — how the governor responded.

 

 

That other time Donald Trump made a blockbuster tax proposal…

Trump’s 1999 tax-hike plan as described by the New York Daily News.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed the outlines of a tax plan that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin described in Trumpian terms as the “biggest tax cut” and “largest tax reform” in American history.

 

Check out ace Palm Beach Post reporter Jeff Ostrowski’s overview of the Trump proposal by clicking here.

 

This isn’t the first time part-time Palm Beach resident Trump has proposed a massive overhaul of the U.S. tax code.

 

Back in 1999, when he was considering a third-party run for president, Trump proposed a one-time 14.25 percent “net worth tax” on wealth held by individuals and trusts valued at $10 million or more. Trump estimated the tax would generate $5.7 trillion and wipe out the national debt at the time. (The national debt is around $19.8 trillion now.)

 

The tax-the-rich plan is one example of how Trump has changed over the years. When he was flirting with a 2000 run, Trump also favored abortion rights, background checks for gun purchases and universal health care.

 

 

Democrats press Brian Mast on ‘congressional carve out’ for health care

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, is among GOP House members targeted by new Democratic digital ads.

An emerging Republican plan to overhaul Obamacare would take away some coverage guarantees of the Affordable Care Act but apparently preserve those protections for members of Congress.

That has the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launching ads on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that target freshman Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, and 29 other House Republicans in districts the Democrats see as potential pickups next year.

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, hasn’t taken a position on the latest GOP health care plan, but Democratic ads like this one are targeting him and 29 other House Republicans.

Mast hasn’t taken a position on the newest Republican proposal, but the DCCC ads characterize his stance as “no protections for pre-existing conditions unless you’re a member of Congress.”

Mast has said any health care legislation must “ensure that patients with pre-existing conditions won’t be denied coverage.” 

On the latest legislation, Mast spokesman Brad Stewart said, “Congressman Mast hasn’t had the opportunity to read the bill yet and he will make a decision after he’s had the chance to review the bill and talk to constituents about how it will affect them.”

As for exempting members of Congress, Stewart said Mast “certainly thinks that for members of Congress, their health care should be treated the same way as everyone else.”

Mast, a wounded Army combat veteran, gets his health care through the Veterans Affairs system rather than the congressional plan, Stewart said.

 

 

Donald Trump, Rick Scott, Allen West speak to NRA Friday in Atlanta

President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former U.S. Rep. Allen West will speak at Friday’s NRA convention in Atlanta.

The National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta this weekend will feature a Friday afternoon speech by President Donald Trump — the first sitting president to address the NRA since Ronald Reagan.

Florida will be well-represented at the gathering, which the NRA says will draw 80,000 people and more than 800 exhibitors.
In addition to part-time Palm Beacher Trump, the Friday speaker lineup includes Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former U.S. Rep. Allen West, who represented a Palm Beach-Broward congressional district from 2011 to 2013.

 

 

Melania Trump, first lady and part-time Palm Beacher, celebrates her birthday today

The official White House portrait of Melania Trump.

First lady Melania Trump turns 47 today.

The wife of President Donald Trump has kept a relatively low profile during the early days of her husband’s presidency, but she has made some waves in Palm Beach County.

PHOTOS: Melania Trump through the years

First lady Melania Trump talks to girls from HomeSafe in Lake Worth. (photo provided by HomeSafe)

During Trump’s last visit to Mar-a-Lago, Melania Trump quietly visited a HomeSafe residence for girls victimized by abuse and domestic violence in Lake Worth.

“This is a day that the girls will never forget,” said HomeSafe’s chief executive officer.

Melania Trump also visited the Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens west of Delray Beach with Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in February.

FLASHBACK: Donald and Melania Trump’s Palm Beach wedding in 2005

Melania Trump and Peng Liyuan at Bak Middle School of the Arts today (Lynne Sladky/AP)

The first lady also visited Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach with Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, in April.