Trump in Palm Beach: Briefing on Navy crash, pre-dawn tweetstorm

A man stands guard on the grounds of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate this morning.

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump, visiting his Mar-a-Lago estate for the first time since April, was briefed early this morning on a Navy air crash into the sea near Japan and fired off some pre-sunrise tweets blasting UCLA basketball dad LaVar Ball and NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

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)

Trump, first lady Melania Trump and son Barron arrived on Air Force One Tuesday night to an enthusiastic throng of supporters at Palm Beach International Airport.

The president is expected to make phone calls related to tax reform and other issues today, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told reporters this morning.

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Trump took to Twitter at 5:25 a.m. to blast Ball, the father of one of three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China for shoplifting while Trump was visiting Asia. Ball has refused to thank the president for helping obtain the players’ release.

“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME,” the president tweeted this morning.

“Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think…..LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!”

He then took aim at the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying a proposal to keep players in the locker room during the national anthem is “almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart?”

 

Trump tweeted about the Navy crash at 8 a.m.

“We are monitoring the situation. Prayers for all involved,” the president said.

 

 

 

 

 

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