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.


Trump in Palm Beach: What the president said to local firefighters

President Donald Trump at West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Station 2 on Wednesday (Photos by Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to a fire station in West Palm Beach on Wednesday.

Click here to read Wayne Washington’s story on the president’s day (Spoiler alert: Golf was involved).

Trump tweeted about the experience afterward.

“Just left West Palm Beach Fire & Rescue #2. Met with great men and women as representatives of those who do so much for all of us. Firefighters, paramedics, first responders – what amazing people they are!” Trump told Twitter followers.

Here’s a transcript from the White House of the president’s remarks while he was at the station:

THE PRESIDENT: How’s the media? Good? Everyone good? These are great people. These are great people.

I just want to thank everybody for the fantastic job you’ve done and are doing. What you do, in terms of paramedics and fire and all of the other things you do that people don’t appreciate like they should. But we appreciate it. And we’re giving you a lot of equipment. We’re giving you a lot of help. You know, we’ve opened it up.

So, again, thank you very much. Fantastic job. (Inaudible.) Okay? (Inaudible.) This is real power over here, right? (Laughter.) This is real power. Any questions? Go ahead?

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: Things are going great. That’s the kind of question we like. (Laughter.)

I think our country is doing well. We’re setting records with stocks. How are your 401(k)s doing, pretty well?

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: It’s doing well, right? They’re all doing well. The 401(k)s doing well, the stocks are doing well, a lot of companies coming back into this country. And they’re coming back into the country that we love, which is what we care about, and then even before the tax cut.

And I tell you, that tax cut bill is something with what’s it’s kicking in. Literally we know when the big companies — AT&T, Comcast, so many others, Wells Fargo — they’re giving thousands of dollars to their employees. And nobody saw that happening right away, but that happened early. And now what’s happening is many other companies are following suit.

So the country is really — you have a big, big beautiful ship that we’re turning around. And a lot of good things are happening. You know with the military, we’re rebuilding our military. It was depleted. You guys were a little bit depleted too.

We’re giving you — and particularly the police, we’re giving them military equipment, which was taken away by the previous administration. You know all about that. And now you’re getting the military equipment. They didn’t want them to use the military equipment. Somebody will explain why. But now you have the best military equipment, and you’re able to use it for the police force.

But I want to thank the job you do medically and with the paramedics — the job you do with the fire has been incredible.
So they said, would you like to come over here and say hello? Some of you I’ve met, many of you down in Palm Beach.

But you do a fantastic job, so we just wanted to thank you very much. Really fantastic people. And hopefully with the media surrounding us, they’ll understand exactly what’s happening because we want to give these people credit for the great job they do.

So thank you all very much. We appreciate it. Now I’ll go back to Palm Beach, and you go back and also watch yourselves on television, huh? (Laughter.) We created some stars in here, Chief. You know that, right?

Chief, you have any questions?

CHIEF DONATTO: Yeah, you know the House and the Senate, at record levels, passed the SAFER and Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. And that should be coming to you soon (inaudible). In your opinion, is that a good thing?

THE PRESIDENT: Well they just passed it, and it’s coming to me, and it’s a good thing. And you like it, right?

CHIEF DONATTO: We love it. And we just appreciate —

THE PRESIDENT: You know, one of the things that people don’t understand, we have signed more legislation than anybody — we broke the record of Harry Truman. And they were saying, if we get this big tax break — because that’s the legislation of all legislation, that’s the biggest there is.

And that included ANWR, as you know. And it included the repeal of the individual mandate, which is a disaster. That’s where you have the privilege of paying a lot of money so that you don’t have to buy health insurance. All right? The most unpopular thing, which most people thought should have been unconstitutional. But we repealed it. And we got ANWR, which is going to be one of the great drilling sites of the world — great oil reserves.

But we have a lot of things. But we had a lot of legislation passed. And here’s an example of something that soon will be passed and signed. So yeah, we’re going to take care of it. I know you folks have been fighting for that for a long time.

We had a lot of legislation pass. They were saying that if we got this one done, we would have succeeded with legislation. But I believe we have — and you’ll have to ask those folks, but I think they know the real answer — We have more legislation passed, including the record — was Harry Truman. That’s a long time ago. And we broke that record. So we have a lot done.

In addition, we have a lot of executive orders. We’ve gotten a lot of the rules and regulations. You people suffered from that to a certain extent, too, in all fairness. But a lot of the regulations were voided. And now you can go back to work and do your jobs. In the case of builders, in the case of farmers, and so many others, they can now go back and do their jobs.

So we have the all-time record for stopping ridiculous regulations, and we’re very proud of that record. That’s one of the reasons the stock market has done, you know, at a record level. It’s a record level. We broke it 84 times this year. The stock market hit a new high 84 times since we won the election on November 8th of last year.

So that’s something we can all be proud of. And that makes you all very smart. Then your families say, “Boy, you’re a great investor.” Right? (Laughter.) When you have big numbers go up and your stocks go up and everything else. You know when the stock market goes up that affects everybody, not just — you know you think of the rich, you think of the big — the fact is it affects everybody because people own stocks, whether it’s in 401(k)s or otherwise. So it’s really been great.

Yeah, we’ll get that signed. It will to be signed. I know it will.

PARTICIPANT: We actually have 15 of those brave (inaudible) firefighters from last year’s (inaudible).

THE PRESIDENT: Oh good. We have 15 of them. You know who we’re talking about here? Come on over here. Come on over. That’s great. (Applause.)

I better sign it. Now I have no choice, right? (Laughter.)

You love this stuff, right? Huh? That’s good.

Congratulations. I’ll go back and sign fast, okay? (Laughter.)

So, again, continue doing what you do better than anybody in the world. We appreciate it a lot. And the safety and the lives that you save — incredible. Chief, thank you. And, Chiefs, thank you. Appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.)

END 4:24 P.M. EST

Protecting President Trump: Palm Beach County a bargain compared to New York

Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies outside President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago last month. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach County taxpayers will get a $3.4 million reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the costs incurred by local law enforcement agencies who helped protect President Donald Trump during his first seven visits to Mar-a-Lago as commander-in-chief.

Trump is expected to return to Palm Beach on Friday and remain through New Year’s Day.

Most of the FEMA money — nearly $3.3 million — will go to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the lead local agency in assisting the U.S. Secret Service during presidential visits. Another $71,270 goes to the town of Palm Beach Police Department and $63,164 goes to the West Palm Beach Police Department.

The reimbursements follow a $1 million federal reimbursement announced in October to cover local law enforcement costs when Trump visited Mar-a-Lago as president-elect in November and December of 2016.

FEMA announced the latest reimbursements on Wednesday. Aside from the Florida money, FEMA approved a $36.4 million reimbursement to the New York Police Department for its costs when the president and first lady Melania Trump were in Trump Tower in New York City.

Another $945,709 was approved for law enforcement agencies in New Jersey, where Trump has a golf club.



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 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 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.

Follow The Palm Beach Post’s coverage of President Trump’s visit by clicking here.

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.






President Trump in Palm Beach: Season 2 begins this week

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania outside Trump International Golf Club watching the Palm Beach Central band on Feb. 5 before a Super Bowl party. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump is expected to return to Mar-a-Lago this week to kick off another season of golfing and governing.

The 2017-18 Winter White House season will look different from the 2016-17 version — from a new, post-Charlottesville mix of charities renting the Mar-a-Lago ballroom to new staging areas for pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators who used to gather on Bingham Island.

Click here for a complete story on what to expect when the president returns to Palm Beach 

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Despite charity exodus, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago has packed schedule for 2017-18 season

President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Twenty-one charities have cancelled fundraising events at President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, most of them in protest of Trump’s equivocal response to the deadly August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

But Mar-a-Lago will hardly be a ghost town in the upcoming season, says ace Palm Beach Post reporter Alexandra Clough. Private events and other charities have filled the vacuum.

Click here to read the full story on Mar-a-Lago and the upcoming season.

“All I can tell you is we are really doing fine. It will be a good season,” said Bernd Lembcke, Mar-a-Lago’s general manager.

Trump spent about three weeks at Mar-a-Lago between his 2016 election victory and his inauguration, then made seven trips there between February and April as president. He often dropped in on events at the club. The White House hasn’t said when Trump plans to return, but he’s expected to resume regular visits during the 2017-18 social season.