Trump still trails John F. Kennedy for Palm Beach visits, Truman for Florida stays

Before boarding Air Force One on Sunday, President Donald Trump stopped for a picture with motorcycle cops from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump wrapped up a six-day Florida trip on Sunday — pausing before he boarded Air Force One to greet motorcycle cops and Air Force personnel and pose for pictures.

Trump’s latest Mar-a-Lago visit was his 17th trip to Palm Beach as president — but he still trails John F. Kennedy for presidential Palm Beach stays, and he’s far behind Harry Truman for presidential time in Florida.

Trump’s latest trip included a two-day summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Trump arrived in Palm Beach last Monday after a stop in Hialeah to promote tax cuts.  He also took a side trip Thursday to Key West to visit Joint Interagency Task Force-South, a headquarters for fighting drug smuggling and human trafficking.

Since becoming president, Trump has spent at least a portion of 72 days in Palm Beach. The actual time he has logged in Palm Beach County — primarily at Mar-a-Lago and his nearby Trump International Golf Club — has been roughly 53 days. That’s more than 11 percent of his presidency.

Kennedy, whose family owned an oceanfront compound on North County Road until 1995, spent at least a portion of 97 days in Palm Beach while he was president, according to records from the Kennedy Presidential Library.

It might be several months before Trump catches Kennedy as the leader in Palm Beach presidential visits. Trump didn’t make any Mar-a-Lago visits between mid-April and Thanksgiving last year.

The president who spent the most time in Florida was Truman, who between 1946 and 1952 spent all or part of 192 days in Key West at a U.S. Navy facility that became known as the “Little White House.”

Harry Truman in Key West, John F. Kennedy at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Palm Beach.

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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