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.

 

Updated Trump golf tracker: Peyton Manning spotted at White House in golf duds

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)

President Donald Trump appears to have golfed today with football legend Peyton Manning and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., at Trump’s golf course in Northern Virginia.

Photographers spotted Manning and Corker in golf attire at the White House after the president returned from more than four hours at his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va.

The Palm Beach Post estimates it’s the 21st time Trump has golfed as president. The number of golf outings is tough to pin down because the White House — no doubt sensitive to Trump’s many past criticisms of former President Barack Obama‘s golfing — rarely reveals whether the president is actually swinging a club when he visits one of his golf properties.

“I love golf. It think it’s one of the greats, but I don’t have time,” Trump said at a 2015 rally in which he complained that Obama “played more golf last year than Tiger Woods.”

“I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” Trump said at one 2016 campaign rally.

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 136th day of Trump’s presidency. Based on the Post’s estimate of 21 golf outings, that’s a rate of once every 6.5 days in office.

All the president’s golf outings have been at Trump-branded properties. All have been on Saturdays or Sundays except for one Good Friday round.

Here’s a rundown of the 21 times when evidence strongly suggests Trump was playing golf:

Trump in golf attire after more than four hours at Trump International Golf Club on Feb. 4.
Trump in golf attire after more than four hours at Trump International Golf Club on Feb. 4.

Feb. 4 – Arrived at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach at 9:33 a.m., left at 2:05 p.m. wearing golf hat and golf shirt.

Feb. 5 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:27 a.m., left at 2 p.m. wearing golf hat and golf shirt. According to a pool report that day, “the White House shares that while at the Trump International Golf Club, he has had meetings and may play a few holes of golf.”

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchange a high five at Trump National Golf Club on Feb. 11.
President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchange a high five at Trump National Golf Club on Feb. 11.

Feb. 11 — Arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter at 9:26 a.m. with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Also joined on the course by two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els. Trump and Abe left the club after playing 18 holes at about 1:30 p.m.

Trump and Abe then visited Trump International and, according to a New York Times report, played another nine holes.

Feb. 12 – Arrived at Trump International at 8:31 a.m., left at 1:49 p.m., appeared to be wearing a golf shirt in the limo ride back to Mar-a-Lago.

Feb. 18 – Arrived at Trump International at 8:51 a.m., left at 1:16 p.m. Asked the next day if Trump played golf during the 4½-hour visit to the golf club, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “I do believe he played a couple of holes.”

Trump, Rory McIlroy, former baseball star Paul O'Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer on the links Feb. 19.
Trump, Rory McIlroy, former baseball star Paul O’Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer on the links Feb. 19.

Feb. 19 — Arrived at Trump International at 8:58 a.m., left at 2:25 p.m. Spokeswoman Sanders: “I know he played a couple of holes this morning, but I’m not going to disclose any of the others that were there.” Golf blog NoLayingUp.com later revealed Trump played 18 holes with four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.

After the McIlroy news, Sanders said the president “intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer. He also had a full day of meetings, calls and interviews for the new NSA (national security adviser)…”

• March 4 — After unleashing a series of early morning tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping him, the president arrived at Trump International at 9:26 a.m. and left at 1:05 p.m. wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and golf shirt. The White House said the president was conducting meetings, taking phone calls and that he “might hit a few balls.”

Golf glove on President Donald Trump’s left hand suggests he had more than “meetings and phone calls” at his golf course on March 18.

• March 5 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:02 a.m. and departed at 12:48 a.m. The White House didn’t confirm whether the president played golf during his nearly four hours at the course.

 March 18 — Arrived at Trump International  around 10 a.m. and left at 2:44 p.m. The White House said Trump had “meetings and phone calls” at the club and wouldn’t say whether he was golfing. Trump friend Christopher Ruddy later tweeted a picture of the president in the clubhouse in golf attire, including a golfing glove on his left hand.

• March 19 –– Arrived at Trump International at 8:37 a.m. and left at 12:10 p.m. Appeared to be wearing golf shirt and hat on limo ride back to Mar-a-Lago.

Social media pics suggest Trump golfed March 25 in Northern Virginia.

• March 25 — Arrived at 11:01 a.m. at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. Departed at 3:20 p.m. Pictures on social media showed the president in golf shirt, hat and shoes. Milestone alert: President Trump’s first presidential golf outing outside Palm Beach County.

April 2 — At Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., a rare White House-confirmed golf outing with Sen. Rand Paul and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. “They’re discussing a variety of topics, including healthcare,” said White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.

• April 8 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:05 a.m. and departed at 2:15 p.m. Spotted on the course by Palm Beach Post photographer Allen Eyestone.

President Donald Trump on the links April 8 at Trump International. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

April 9 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:32 a.m. and departed at 2:32 p.m. Played the course as part of two foursomes, then ordered salad in the club room. Also tweeted about Egypt during his visit.

• April 14 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:54 a.m. on Good Friday and departed at 1:54 p.m. No official word from White House on the president’s activities, but CNN got a clip of him on the links.

April 15 — Arrived at Trump International at 8:58 a.m. and departed at 1:29 p.m. No confirmation from White House of Trump’s activities, but a heavy security presence on the course was consistent with a presidential golf outing. Return motorcade to Mar-a-Lago bypassed normal route through Bingham Island, where hundreds of protesters were gathered.

Instagram photo appears to show President Donald Trump on the course at his New Jersey club on May 6.

April 30 — Arrived at Trump National in Sterling, Va., at 11:33 a.m. and departed at 4 p.m. No confirmation from the White House of Trump’s activities but The Palm Beach Post is scoring this as a golf outing.

• May 6 — At Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. No confirmation from the White House of Trump’s activities but a photo on Instagram appears to show the president on the course’s 16th hole. Milestone alert: After 14 golf outings in Palm Beach County and three in Northern Virginia, this is Trump’s first presidential round in New Jersey.

• May 15 — Arrived at Trump National in Sterling, Va., at 10:32 a.m. and departed at 2:35 p.m. Trump seen wearing a baseball cap and the White House said he “may hit a few balls” while visiting the club.

Saturday — Arrived at Trump National in Sterling, Va., at 10:42 a.m. and departed at 2:22 p.m.

Today — Arrived at Trump National in Sterling, Va., at 9:30 a.m. and departed at 1:51 p.m. Trump was seen in a white polo shirt, dark pants, white shoes and red cap. Upon return to the White House, a pool report said, “We did not see the president and could not make out others on arrival but did see golf clubs being carried away from the motorcade.”  Photographers spotted Manning and Corker in golf attire at the White House when the president’s party returned.

 

Presidential golf tracker: Obama 333, Trump 7(?)

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

PALM BEACH — After igniting a firestorm on Twitter early Saturday by accusing former President Barack Obama of tapping his phones, President Donald Trump spent more than 3½ hours at his Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach.

 

The White House said the president was conducting meetings, taking phone calls and that he “might hit a few balls” while visiting the Jim Fazio-designed golf course.

 

Trump was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and golf shirt when he left the club. It appears to have been Trump’s seventh golf outing since taking office Jan. 20.

 

That figure is less than certain because the White House — perhaps mindful of Trump’s frequent criticisms of Obama’s golf habits — rarely confirms whether Trump is golfing.

Obama played 333 rounds of golf in his eight years as president, according to presidential schedule expert Mark Knoller of CBS News. That’s one round for every 8.8 days in office. Saturday was Trump’s 44th day in office. If he  indeed golfed for the seventh time, that’s a rate of once every 6.3 days.

 

Here’s a rundown of previous outings where President Trump appeared to be playing golf:

 

Trump in golf attire after more than four hours at Trump International Golf Club on Feb. 4.
Trump in golf attire after more than four hours at Trump International Golf Club on Feb. 4.

Feb. 4 – Arrived at Trump International Golf Club at 9:33 a.m., left at 2:05 p.m. wearing golf hat and golf shirt.

 

Feb. 5 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:27 a.m., left at 2 p.m. wearing golf hat and golf shirt. According to a pool report that day, “the White House shares that while at the Trump International Golf Club, he has had meetings and may play a few holes of golf.”

 

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchange a high five at Trump National Golf Club on Feb. 11.
President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchange a high five at Trump National Golf Club on Feb. 11.

Feb. 11 — Arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter at 9:26 a.m. with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Also joined on the course by two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els. Trump and Abe left the club at about 1:30 p.m.

 

Feb. 12 – Arrived at Trump International at 8:31 a.m., left at 1:49 p.m., appeared to be wearing a golf shirt in the limo ride back to Mar-a-Lago.

 

Feb. 18 – Arrived at Trump International at 8:51 a.m., left at 1:16 p.m. Asked the next day if Trump played golf during the 4½-hour visit to the golf club, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “I do believe he played a couple of holes.”

 

Trump, Rory McIlroy, former baseball star Paul O'Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer on the links Feb. 19.
Trump, Rory McIlroy, former baseball star Paul O’Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer on the links Feb. 19.

Feb. 19 — Arrived at Trump International at 8:58 a.m., left at 2:25 p.m. Spokeswoman Sanders: “I know he played a couple of holes this morning, but I’m not going to disclose any of the others that were there.” Golf blog NoLayingUp.com later revealed Trump played 18 holes with four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.

 

After the McIlroy news, Sanders said the president “intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer. He also had a full day of meetings, calls and interviews for the new NSA (national security adviser…”

 

Saturday — Arrived at Trump International at 9:26 a.m., left at 1:05 p.m. with the “might hit a few balls” description from the White House and aforementioned hat and golf shirt.

 

 

 

 

Trump in Palm Beach: Another golf club visit, national security adviser interviews

President Donald Trump in his private citizen days of 2011 playing golf at his Trump International Golf Club outside West Palm Beach. He's visiting the club again this morning. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
President Donald Trump in his private citizen days of 2011 playing golf at his Trump International Golf Club outside West Palm Beach. He’s visiting the club again this morning. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump — fresh off a campaign-style rally in Melbourne and a Saturday night appearance at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Discovery Celebration at Mar-a-Lago — is visiting Trump International Golf Club again this morning.

President Donald Trump and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night. (Shannon Donnelly/Palm Beach Daily News)
President Donald Trump and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night. (Shannon Donnelly/Palm Beach Daily News)

The presidential motorcade left Mar-a-Lago at 8:45 a.m. and arrived at the golf club on Summit Boulevard in unincorporated West Palm Beach at 8:58 a.m., according to a White House pool report.

Trump spent about four hours at Trump International on Saturday. He also made visits there of similar duration on Feb. 4, Feb. 5 and last Sunday, though the White House did not confirm that any of the trips was a golf outing.

President Donald Trump with Boynton Beach resident Gene Huber at a Saturday rally in Melbourne. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump with Boynton Beach resident Gene Huber at a Saturday rally in Melbourne. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

It’s not all recreation for the president today, however.

He’s planning to speak today with at least four candidates for national security adviser, a post that became vacant when Michael Flynn resigned last week amid questions about his contacts during the transition with the Russian government.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump will talk with Army strategist Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, acting national security adviser Keith Kellogg, West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen and “potentially more.”

Trump also plans phone conversations with foreign leaders today and a health care strategy session with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

Trump golfed in Jupiter on Feb. 11 with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and two-time U.S. Open champ Ernie Els. If Trump’s previous four-hour visits to his golf club were to play golf, and if today’s visit is a golf outing, he will have played a total of six rounds of golf since his Jan. 20 inauguration. Former President Barack Obama played 333 rounds of golf in his eight years in office.

Trump in Palm Beach today: Golf? Mar-a-Lago meetings, 6 p.m. departure

Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, a.k.a. the winter White House, viewed from the southeast.
Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, a.k.a. the winter White House, viewed from the southeast.

President Donald Trump ends his weekend at Mar-a-Lago and will depart Palm Beach International Airport today at 6 p.m., the White House announced.

 

Trump might be playing another round of golf at his Trump International Golf Club near Palm Beach International Airport — there’s nothing on his official schedule this morning and the White House press pool is holding near the golf course.

 

Also on Trump’s official schedule today at Mar-a-Lago:

 

• A 3 p.m. meeting with Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary.

 

• A 4 p.m. meeting with Steve Wynn, the casino magnate who was finance chairman of Trump’s inauguration committee.

 

• A 5:30 photo session with law enforcement officials — no word initially on which ones.

 

Can Donald Trump match Obama presidential golf pace?

Trump trails Obama by more than 300 rounds of presidential golf, but he's been teeing off at a brisk pace. (Trump photo by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post; Obama photo by Chris Carlson/AP)
Trump trails Obama by more than 300 rounds of presidential golf, but he’s been teeing off at a brisk pace. (Trump photo by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post; Obama photo by Chris Carlson/AP)

Barack Obama played 333 rounds of golf as president, according to CBS News presidential schedule scrutinizer Mark Knoller.

 

Obama’s time on the links drew criticism from his political rivals, including then-private citizen Donald Trump.

 

 

Trump on Saturday played what was probably his third round of golf as commander in chief when he left the winter White House at Mar-a-Lago to hit the links in Jupiter with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els.

 

Trump appeared to play two rounds of golf during last weekend’s Mar-a-Lago getaway. The White House didn’t confirm he was golfing, but Trump wore golf clothes and spent more than four hours at his Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach last Saturday and again Sunday.

 

Saturday was Trump’s 23rd day in office. Figuring he played two rounds last weekend and another Saturday, he has played a round of golf every 7.7 days he’s been president. His schedule for today hasn’t been announced.

 

Obama was president for 2,922 days, so he played a round of golf every 8.8 days he was in office.