Trump, en route to golf club, predicts Michael Cohen won’t ‘flip’

President Donald Trump’s motorcade arrives at Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach this morning. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

Moments after he arrived at Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach this morning, President Donald Trump blasted a New York Times article that said his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, “could end up cooperating with federal officials who are investigating him for activity that could relate, at least in part, to work he did for Mr. Trump.”

Cohen’s office, residence and hotel room were raided by federal investigators April 9. In a series of tweets this morning, Trump called Cohen “a fine person with a wonderful family. Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected. Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if……..it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!”

Trump accused the Times of relying on “non-existent ‘sources’ and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael.” The Times said its story is based on “interviews with a half-dozen people familiar with” the Trump-Cohen relationship.

Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone is quoted as saying “Donald goes out of his way to treat him (Cohen) like garbage.” Former Trump associate Sam Nunberg is quoted as saying Trump has “taken Michael for granted” and that “Michael now holds the leverage over Trump” and “should maximize” that leverage.

The Palm Beach Post asked Stone if he had any comment on the article or the president’s tweets and if he knew the identity of the “drunk/drugged up loser” Trump mentioned.

“Not a reference to me. Beyond that I have no comment,” Stone replied.

Nunberg told CNN’s Abby Phillip: “I have no idea who POTUS is talking about so I have no response.”

 

 

 

Trump arriving today for Easter weekend in Palm Beach

Presidential Easters in Palm Beach: JFK and Jackie with kids in 1963; Donald and Melania Trump last year. (Kennedy photo from JFK Library; Trump photo by Melanie Bell/Palm Beach Daily News)

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump arrives later today to spend Easter weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Trump usually spends his South Florida Sundays at his nearby Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach. But on Easter last year, the president and first lady Melania Trump attended a church service at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

Check out MyPalmBeachPost.com, the Trump In Palm Beach Facebook page and @gbennettpost on Twitter for updates today and all weekend on Trump’s 16th presidential visit to Palm Beach.

 

 

Trump’s first year: JFK comparisons, golf, missiles, the 561 Cabinet, other Palm Beach highlights

Presidents in Palm Beach: JFK and Jackie with kids on Easter in 1963; Donald and Melania Trump at Easter last year. (Kennedy photo from JFK Library; Trump photo by Melanie Bell/Palm Beach Daily News)

PALM BEACH — John F. Kennedy was America’s first Palm Beach president, but Donald Trump is redefining the role.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Trump taking the oath of office to become the 45th president. About 10 percent of Trump’s presidency has been spent in Palm Beach County — mostly at his Mar-a-Lago estate or the Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach.

President Donald Trump teeing off at Trump International Golf Club, from a video shot by golfer Taylor Funk.

Trump has played an estimated 32 rounds of golf during his South Florida trips, but also conducted consequential national and international business.

Click here to read the full story — including the al fresco situation room, the 561 Cabinet, the missiles of Mar-a-Lago and other highlights — and find out how Trump’s Palm Beach visits compare to JFK’s.

Trump in Palm Beach: Rare video of president playing at his golf club

President Donald Trump tees off in an image from golfer Taylor Funk’s video.

Rare footage of President Donald Trump playing golf was posted on YouTube by pro golfer Taylor Funk and then removed this afternoon.

Funk joined his father, PGA Tour veteran Fred Funk, for a round with the president on New Year’s Day at Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach.

The video included some clips of Trump teeing off, putting and offering some advice on how to play one of the holes at Trump International. It wasn’t immediately clear why the video was pulled.

“One of the biggest honors of my life. Mr. President was so real, thoughtful, fun, engaging, and just an overall great guy! and a pretty good golfer! He shot 36 on the front 9!” the younger Funk wrote on YouTube.

The Funks discussed the round on CNN this morning, with Taylor Funk saying the president shot a “legit 36” on the front nine and was “decent” but didn’t do as well on the back nine.

“He’s definitely a lot better than I thought he was going to be. He’s a good player. He’s a lot of fun to play with and he’s very engaging and I don’t have a bad thing to say about our round. It was amazing,” Taylor Funk said.

Trump returned to Washington on Monday after a 10-day stay at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.

President Donald Trump putting in Taylor Funk’s video.

He made the short trip to Trump International on nine of the mornings he was in town — skipping only Christmas day.

On Friday, Trump shut down the course to allow about 60 U.S. Coast Guard members to play in a tournament.

In addition to the Funks, Trump during his latest trip played with with professional golfers Daniel Berger, Jim Herman and Justin Thomas on Dec. 23 and PGA Tour member Bryson DeChambeau and former professional golfer Dana Quigley on Dec. 26.

 

Who’s on golf’s Donald Trump Tour?

Professional golfers who have joined President Donald Trump on the links, from top left: Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger, Jim Herman, Rory McIlroy, Brad Faxon, Ernie Els, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods.

Before he teed off on the FBI Saturday in a series of tweets, President Donald Trump teed off at Trump International Golf Club with three PGA stars.

Trump’s golf partners Saturday were Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Jim Herman.

They are the latest professional golfers to hit the links with Trump since he became president.

Trump has also golfed with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, who between them have won 32 majors, as well as Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els, Dustin Johnson and Brad Faxon.

 

Trump in Palm Beach: Name that golf motorcade

President Donald Trump’s motorcade on Summit Boulevard near Trump International Golf Club on four separate days over the past week. Can you tell which day is which? Answers below. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump may not be a conventional politician, but he’s a fairly predictable guy when he visits his winter White House at Mar-a-Lago.

On each of the five days he’s been in town on his current Thanksgiving trip, the president has visited one of his Palm Beach County golf courses.

He went to Trump International Golf Club on Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach on Wednesday and again on Thanksgiving Day, then mixed things up a little by going to Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter on Friday before returning to Trump International on Saturday and again this morning.

Quiz answers: In the above photos of Trump’s four trips to Trump International by acclaimed Palm Beach Post lensman Greg Lovett, Wednesday’s visit is top left, Saturday’s is top right, today’s is bottom left and Thursday’s is bottom right.

 

Trump in Palm Beach with Alabama and Roy Moore on his mind

President Donald Trump’s motorcade rolls west on Southern Boulevard this morning en route to Trump International Golf Club. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump began his day with a pair of tweets promoting Republican Roy Moore in the upcoming Alabama Senate election — without mentioning the name of the GOP nominee who’s been accused of sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl  and making overtures to other teenagers in the 1970s.

Trump is wrapping up a five-day Thanksgiving trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate. He’s visiting his Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach this morning — the fifth consecutive day he’s been there or his Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.

“The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISES TAXES TO THE SKY. Jones would be a disaster!” Trump tweeted at 8:52 a.m., shortly before leaving Mar-a-Lago for the golf course.

“Jones” is Democratic nominee Doug Jones, who’s trying to become the first Democratic senator in deep-red Alabama since Howell Heflin left office in 1997. The special election is Dec. 12.

Moments after the presidential motorcade arrived at the golf club, Trump tweeted about the Alabama race again.

“I endorsed Luther Strange in the Alabama Primary. He shot way up in the polls but it wasn’t enough. Can’t let Schumer/Pelosi win this race. Liberal Jones would be BAD!” Trump tweeted.

Moore defeated Strange in a special GOP primary in September. He was considered a lock to keep the seat for Republicans until The Washington Post reported that four women said Moore pursued them when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s in the 1970s. Moore has denied any inappropriate conduct.

“Roy Moore denies it. And, by the way, he gives a total denial. And I do have to say, 40 years is a long time,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday in Washington before heading to Palm Beach.

Trump in Palm Beach: Nicklaus latest famous name to join president on golf course

How big a deal is Jack Nicklaus? In 2014, Florida Gov. Rick Scott was relegated to the role of picture-taker when Scott and Nicklaus visited a Boca Raton restaurant during a Scott campaign swing. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

With North Palm Beach resident Jack Nicklaus reportedly joining President Donald Trump on the links Saturday after Jupiter Island man Tiger Woods golfed with the president on Friday, Trump has played golf with the winners of 32 major championships during his Thanksgiving trip to Palm Beach.

Nicklaus has won a record 18 majors. Woods is second with 14 wins in majors (The Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship).

Trump has visited one of his golf courses on four straight days during his latest trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. Will he make it a fifth? Follow www.palmbeachpost.com all day for updates on the president’s visit before he departs for Washington this afternoon.

Nicklaus and his son Gary joined the president at Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

On Friday, Woods joined the president at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter along with Dustin Johnson — currently the No. 1 ranked player on the PGA tour — and PGA pro Brad Faxon.

Faxon wrote about the experience for Golfweek, saying he was nervous about golfing with the president “but he immediately puts you at ease.”

Other famous names to join Trump on the golf course since he became president include: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (at Trump International and in Japan); Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins; future NFL Hall of Famer and Nationwide Insurance pitchman Peyton Manning; professional golfers Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy; and U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.

 

 

Trump in Palm Beach: Rare confirmation about presidential golf outing

President Donald Trump in his private citizen days of 2011 playing golf at his Trump International Golf Club outside West Palm Beach. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

President Donald Trump, beginning his third full day at his Mar-a-Lago estate this morning, made a rare revelation on Twitter.

Trump and the White House are usually secretive about whether he’s playing golf or who he’s playing with. But today, the president announced he’ll be playing golf “quickly” with Jupiter Island resident Tiger Woods and PGA star Dustin Johnson.

Based on an FAA advisory, the president and Woods and Johnson appear likely to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter rather than Trump International Golf Club near West Palm Beach, where the president usually plays.

Click here for complete coverage of President Trump in Palm Beach.

Trump and Woods played golf last December at Trump International while Trump was president-elect. Since becoming president, Trump’s golf partners have included Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, future NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and professional golfers Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee have also joined Trump on the links.

 

Trump golf tracker: Who’s the latest celeb to join president on links?

Since winning the presidential election in November, Donald Trump has golfed with Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, former NFL star Peyton Manning, Sen. Rand Paul and professional golfers Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins golfed with President Donald Trump last weekend at Trump’s course in Bedminster, N.J., The Washington Post reports.

Cousins, who called it a “great experience,” is the latest big-name athlete to golf with part-time Palm Beach resident Trump since he became president.

Future NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and professional golfers Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy have also joined President Trump on the links. Trump’s presidential golf companions have also included Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Bob Corker and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

President Donald Trump trails former President Barack Obama by more than 300 rounds of golf, but Trump has been teeing off at a faster rate. (Trump photo by Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post; Obama photo by Chris Carlson/AP)

While he was president-elect, Trump golfed in December with Tiger Woods at Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach.

The Palm Beach Post estimates the round with Cousins on Saturday was the 22nd time Trump has played golf as president.

The number is difficult to pinpoint because the White House — no doubt mindful of Trump’s frequent criticisms of former President Barack Obama‘s golf habits — rarely reveals whether the president is playing golf.

Click here for a rundown of 21 likely Trump presidential golf outings

Obama golfed 333 times as president, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News. That’s a rate of once every 8.8 days he was in office.

Today is the 147th day of Trump’s presidency. Based on the Post’s estimate of 22 golf outings, that’s a rate of once every 6.7 days in office.