Trump in Palm Beach: Feeling the love at PBIA, hearing a curious futon claim

President Donald Trump greets supporters as first lady Melania Trump looks on at Palm Beach International Airport on Tuesday night. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump is back at his Mar-a-Lago estate today after an absence of more than seven months.

The president, first lady Melania Trump and son Barron arrived around sunset Tuesday at Palm Beach International Airport.

Bea Doone-Merena, 90, of Boca Raton, painted these portraits of Trump and showed them to the president. He kept the one on the right and autographed the one on the left for her. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Trump appeared to be in good spirits as he spent about 18 minutes with a group of more than 100 supporters who gathered on the tarmac to greet Air Force One.

It was a much longer time than the president usually spends with the airport well-wishers.

“It was the best one ever. He was energized, delighted to see everybody. He loves the people. That gives him energy,” said Sue Snowden, the former Palm Beach County Trump campaign co-chairman who organizes the PBIA gatherings.

Bea Doone-Merena, a 90-year-old artist from Boca Raton, brought two oil paintings of Trump to the event. She gave one to the president and he autographed the other for her.

“He let me kiss him on the cheek. How do you like that?” Doone-Merena said afterward. “It was fabulous.”

Trump could be heard touting the success of the stock market as he interacted with supporters.

One woman told the president she could help him make good on his 2016 campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C.

“I invented futons. I know how to drain it,” the woman insisted.

Early versions of the American futon were called “Brouwer beds.”

Trump did not have a discernible reaction.

Futons are a traditional Japanese type of bedding. The American adaptation is often credited to William Brouwer from the late 1970s or early 1980s.

Reporters were led away from the president before it could be determined if the woman had a connection to Brouwer or was staking an alternative futon claim.

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