The part-time Palm Beach resident was a frequent Florida visitor during his first 100 days in office . He made seven trips to Florida, logging about 19 days in the Sunshine State or travelling to or from Florida on Air Force One. The bulk of Trump’s Florida time, about 17½ days, was spent in Palm Beach County, where Trump used his Mar-a-Lago estate to host world leaders, order missile strikes in Syria, make key personnel moves and fire off some controversial tweets.
But Trump hasn’t returned to Florida since Easter weekend in April.
There’s been no word yet on whether the president will spend any time in Palm Beach next weekend.
The fact that Trump is choosing Miami to announce Cuba policy suggests the changes he’s making will be pleasing to the Cuban exile community that supports the U.S. embargo and other hard-line policies against the communist island.
As he courted Cuban-American voters during the 2016 campaign, Trump criticized former President Barack Obama for easing restrictions on Cuba.
“I think the deal that Obama is making is a terrible deal for the Cuban people and for the Cuban people that are living here. And I wouldn’t want to do anything with Cuba – that’s why I’ve never done anything with Cuba – I wouldn’t want to do anything with Cuba unless the proper deal is made,” Trump said.
“We need strength. We need strength. We have to have teeth in the deal. This deal is a one-way ticket for Castro and we need strength in this deal. They want us to go there so badly, but we need strength,” Trump said.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan isn’t in the Sunshine State yet, but gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is already throwing some shade his way.
“When Speaker Paul Ryan comes to Florida later this week, he’ll hear a rallying cry from every corner of our state: Governor Rick Scott should expand Medicaid now, and Obamacare is the law of the land,” Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, said in a press release. “His continued refusal to expand coverage is a deeply damaging mark on our state’s healthcare system, and the governor should immediately take this long overdue step to save lives. Speaker Ryan should know that healthcare is a right, and any attempt to further hurt Florida’s families will backfire at the ballot box.”
The Miami Herald has reported that Ryan, fresh off the House’s high-profile failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, plans to spend Thursday and Friday at The Breakers on Palm Beach huddling with top financial donors.