PALM BEACH — Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, No. 2-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw weren’t on any public schedules released by the White House during President Donald Trump‘s latest three-day weekend at Mar-a-Lago.
But all were part of Trump’s latest South Florida sojourn.
PALM BEACH — The White House was tight-lipped about President Donald Trump‘s golf outing on Sunday, but professional golfer Rory McIlroy wasn’t so reluctant.
McIlroy, who is coming back from a stress fracture in his rib, told the NoLayingUp.com golf blog that he played 18 holes with the president, as well as Nick Mullen of International Sports Management and Trump friend Rich Levine.
“He probably shot around 80. He’s a decent player for a guy in his 70’s!” McIlroy said of Trump.
During his three weekend visits to Mar-a-Lago this month, Trump has made five visits of four hours or longer to Trump International and has been spotted in a golf shirt and hat on some of them. But the White House usually does not confirm whether Trump is golfing or who he’s playing with.
On Sunday, for instance, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked by a reporter if Trump had played golf when he spent more than four hours at the club Saturday and more than five hours there Sunday.
“I know he played a couple of holes this morning, but I’m not going to disclose any of the others that were there,” Huckabee said. As for Saturday, she said, “I do believe he played a couple of holes yesterday…I don’t think it was a whole round.”
She issued a new statement today in response to questions about the McIlroy report.
“As stated yesterday the President played golf,” Sanders said. “He 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), which he is continuing today before returning to Washington, D.C. tonight.”
Aside from the mystery-shrouded trips to Trump International, Trump also golfed Feb. 11 with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and two-time U.S. Open champ Ernie Els at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.
More than 100 protesters and supporters lined the route as Trump’s motorcade passed.
4:15 p.m. UPDATE: Southern Boulevard and adjoining roads have reopened after President Donald Trump’s motorcade passed through on the way to Palm Beach International Airport from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.
Some users of the Waze traffic app are reporting tie-ups at southbound Dixie Highway and southbound Interstate 95 approaching Southern.
A few people have gathered along the eastern edge of PBIA to watch Air Force One take off.
EARLIER STORY:President Donald Trump is slated to leave Palm Beach today, so residents should expect slowdowns at some point as his motorcade travels from Mar-a-Lago to Palm Beach International Airport. Stay with The Palm Beach Post for updates.
As the presidential motorcade travels along Southern Boulevard, that road and adjoining north-south streets will be closed until all vehicles in the motorcade have passed. That includes Interstate 95, Australian Avenue and Dixie Highway.
Though traffic shouldn’t be as heavy as a typical weekday — it’s Presidents Day, so many businesses are closed and schools are off — drivers should still be on the lookout for temporary road closures that pop up as Trump prepares to leave.
Here’s a map to help you plan your travel today:
Alternate routes: Use Belvedere Road or Forest Hill Boulevard for east-west travel, and Military Trail or Florida’s Turnpike for north-south travel.
Trump has spent 186.5 of those hours in Florida — 25 percent of his time as president. Most of the time was logged in and around his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, but Trump also took side trips within the state to Tampa and Melbourne.
There have been several golf course visits, but it hasn’t been all leisure time.
The White House said Trump interviewed candidates for national security adviser and strategized on an Obamacare replacement Sunday while he was at Mar-a-Lago and his Trump International Golf Club. On Feb. 11, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe golfed and conducted an al fresco dinner strategy session to respond to a North Korea missile test. There have been phone calls from Mar-a-Lago to a variety of world leaders.
Trump has spent three of his first five weekends as president at Mar-a-Lago. His current stay is expected to end later today.
Here’s a look at Trump’s Florida visits during his first month as president:
• Feb. 10-12 — 48 hours: The president and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their wives arrived at PBIA shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. After golfing and a late-night news conference responding to the North Korean missile launch on Feb. 11, Abe left early on Feb. 12 and Trump departed about 5:30 p.m.
Trump is wrapping up his third consecutive weekend at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach today. When the actual one-month mark of Trump’s presidency arrives at noon, Trump will have spent nearly 8 of his first 31 in Florida — mainly in Palm Beach, but with side trips to Tampa and Melbourne. Click here for details on Trump’s 186.5 hours in Florida.
Harrison, elected in 1840, served 30 days and 12 hours before dying in office in 1841. Trump passed that milestone around 12:30 this morning.
Below is a release from the White House on Trump’s first month:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2017
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S FIRST MONTH: ACHIEVING RESULTS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
JUMPSTARTING JOB CREATION: President Trump is looking out for American workers that Washington has left behind.
President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum ordering the United States to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and agreement. President Trump hosted the CEO of Intel to announce Intel’s plan to invest $7 billion in a United States factory that will create 10,000 American jobs. President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the nationalinterest and initiating the process to complete construction. President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum ordering that all new pipeline construction and repair work use materials and equipment from the United States. President Trump signed legislation, House Joint Resolution 38, to block the burdensome “Stream Protection Rule” from causing further harm to the coal industry. President Trump signed legislation, House Joint Resolution 41, to eliminate a costly regulation that threatened to put domestic extraction companies and their employees at an unfair disadvantage. SAVING TAXPAYERS MONEY: President Trump is fighting to save Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars.
After negotiations with Lockheed Martin, President Trump saved Americans $700 million on a new batch of F-35 fighters. Secretary of Defense Mattis has ordered a cost-cutting review of Boeing’s next-generation Air Force One fleet, after President Trump was able to cap the cost at millions below that which was agreed to by the Obama administration. RESTORING PUBLIC SAFETY: President Trump will work to reduce the threats of crime and illegal immigration to public safety.
President Trump signed an Executive Order to enhance the safety and security of the United States by, among other things, constructing a wall on the southern border. President Trump signed an Executive Order to make sure Federal immigration laws are faithfully enforced throughout the country and that Americans’ tax dollars do not go to jurisdictions that obstruct the enforcement of immigration laws. President Trump signed an Executive Order that directs the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who engage in crimes against law enforcement officers. President Trump signed an Executive Order that establishes a task force, led by the new Attorney General, to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across America. President Trump signed an Executive Order that re-focuses the Federal Government’s energy and resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations, such as drug cartels. GETTING GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY: President Trump understands that excessive regulations stifle job-creation and harm our businesses.
President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing Federal agencies “to minimize the burden” of the Affordable Care Act. President Trump has required that for every new Federal regulation, two existing regulations be eliminated. President Trump directed the Commerce Department to streamline Federal permitting processes for domestic manufacturing and to reduce regulatory burdens on domestic manufacturers. President Trump signed an Executive Order expediting the environmental review and approval processes for domestic infrastructure projects. AN AMERICA FIRST FOREIGN POLICY: The President’s first priority is the safety and security of the American people.
Under President Trump’s leadership, the Department of the Treasury sanctioned 25 entities and individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program. President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Defense to work with other cabinet members to develop a plan to defeat ISIS. President Trump has called or met with more than 30 foreign leaders. DRAINING THE SWAMP: President Trump has taken action to ensure that all members of his Administration are working for the American people.
President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing new ethics commitments for all Executive branch appointees, putting in place a five-year lobbying ban and a permanent ban on lobbying for foreign governments, so appointees serve the American people instead of their own interests. President Trump put in place a hiring freeze for Federal civilian employees to stop the growth of a bloated government. KEEPING HIS PROMISE TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION: President Trump promised a Supreme Court justice in the mold of late justice Antonin Scalia.
President Trump nominated Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court because of his consistent record defending the Constitution. HELPING WOMEN SUCCEED IN BUSINESS: President Trump knows the country cannot reach its potential unless every American has a chance to prosper.
President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs. ###
In Sunday’s incident, Marsh told The Palm Beach Post that the pilot of the non-commercial plane did not have radio communication until the F-16s got close and established communications. The Air Force pilots then told the general aviation craft to leave the restricted area.
“The pilot was very cooperative” and left immediately, Marsh said.
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 Obamaplayed 333 rounds of golf in his eight years in office.
MELBOURNE — The man President Donald Trumpsummoned from the crowd at his Saturday rally is a Boynton Beach car salesman who keeps a life-size cardboard cutout of Trump at his house and regularly praises Trump on social media.
Gene Huber, 47, became an instant political everyman celebrity Saturday when Trump spotted him in the crowd and, saying he recognized him from a TV interview, asked him to come on stage and speak to the estimated 9,000 people in a hangar at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport.
After Secret Service agents were told by the president to let him on stage, Huber bounded up and hugged the president, who encouraged him to say a few words.
“Mr. President, thank you, sir. We the people, our movement, is the reason why our president of the United States is standing in front of us today. When President Trump during the election promised all these things that he was going to do for us, I knew he was going to do this for us,” Huber said.
“A star is born,” Trump said as Huber left the stage and the crowd chanted “U.S.A! U.S.A!”
Huber had done TV interviews earlier Saturday proclaiming his support for Trump after showing up at 4 a.m. to be first in line for the 5 p.m. rally.
On Twitter, Huber’s profile picture shows him with a cardboard cutout of Trump.
“I’ve got a 6-foot cardboard box of President Trump in my house and I salute that every single day, and I pray and tell him ‘Mr. President, I prayed for your safety today.’ And I’m not lying. I do that every single day to the president, but its cardboard,” Huber told CNN in an interview after the rally.
CNN is often criticized by Trump and his supporters. At the end of his interview, Huber said: “I appreciate the interview, let’s just be a little, little nicer to our president.”
He also appeared this morning on Fox and Friends — and said he’s already hearing suggestions that his Saturday appearance with the president wasn’t genuine.
“I just want everyone to know this as well: I’m hearing from the left that this was planted, that President Trump made this to happen on purpose, like we set this up. No, it didn’t. It did not happen,” Huber said this morning on Fox and Friends.
“President Trump, I want to thank you so much for that opportunity that you did for me. That just shows us, we the people and our movement, that you care about us, the American people,” Huber said at the end of his interview.
At 2 p.m., the line outside Orlando-Melbourne International Airport was more than half a mile long.
Ellen Buchholz of Melbourne got in line at 11 a.m. because she wanted to encourage other Trump supporters around the country.
“I think it’s very important for the core voters that voted for him between the coasts to see on the news that there’s still a lot of support for him despite a lot of the nonsense you see on a lot of channels,” said Buchholz.
Miami activist Bob Kunst is here with a rubber Hillary Clinton mask and “Trump vs. Tramp” and “Hillary for Prison” signs that he brought to both conventions and multiple campaign events last year.
Though the election is over, Kunst says he still wants Clinton jailed for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
“If he lets her loose and Obama loose, he’s allowing the criminal element,” Kunst said.
A few dozen anti-Trump protesters were demonstrating across the street from the airport.
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