UPDATE: Men removed from flight after criticizing Ivanka Trump, family

UPDATE: A man on the same JetBlue flight as Ivanka Trump out of JFK airport in New York City posted to Facebook and Instagram Thursday to share what he says happened on the plane before two men were removed by members of the flight’s crew.

Marc Scheff is pictured in a photo tweeted and then deleted by one of the men removed from the flight. Several Twitter users took screenshots of the tweet and shared it widely on social media.

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Unusually non art post but this is too surreal My son and I made the news today. That's us in the photo. I am sitting in the next row up from Ivanka and surrounded by her extended family, lots of Kushners. A man got ejected and the news is making it sound like the guy was hulking Out. The whole incident happened literally 15 inches from me. The article is sensationalizing this a little. Here is what happened. He didn't accost her directly. When he got on and saw her, sitting behind me, he said "oh my god. This is a nightmare" and was visibly shaking. He said "they ruin the country now they ruin our flight!" (Context: Boarding and therefore the flight was delayed because they needed to get on first through some other way) He did not yell. He was also not what I would describe as calm. Agitated maybe. His husband behind him was very calm. His son is adorable and sharply dressed. When the JetBlue staff went back to speak to the man I overheard Ivanka say to them "I don't want to make this a thing." My assessment is that she was happy to let the man take his seat. Security made a different call And for good reason. The man's calm husband had tweeted earlier that his husband was "chasing them down to harass them." I did not witness his actual removal some rows back. If he screamed, I didn't hear it. My politics aside… Honestly, if I was her security I would have made the same call. I don't _think_ the man was capable of violence, sure. But I would worry that he would leave his seat or cause a scene in some way. And his husband had tweeted that he planned on doing that. So, again you know my politics, but I would have made the same call here.

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The photo shows Scheff and his son seated in front of Ivanka Trump during the incident. “He didn’t accost her directly,” Scheff says in his post. “When he got on and saw her, sitting behind me, he said ‘oh my god. This is a nightmare’ and was visibly shaking.”

Scheff described the man as “calm” but “agitated maybe.” Trump, who was traveling with her children and husband, Jared Kushner, at one point told the flight crew, “I don’t want to make this a thing,” Scheff said.

President-elect Donald Trump had not addressed the matter by Thursday afternoon. He tweeted Thursday morning that the U.S. “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

A tweet sent shortly before that one commented on reports that he was ditching the “Drain the Swamp” mantra he used toward the end of his presidential campaign.

UPDATE: The Associated Press now reports that the JetBlue flight on which this incident occurred was bound for Florida, although a city is not mentioned in the article. Other media, including ABC News, continue to report Ivanka Trump and her family’s destination as Hawaii, while some reports say Palm Beach.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A JetBlue passenger was removed from a commercial flight Thursday morning after allegedly yelling at and harassing President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, according to multiple media reports.

The passenger reportedly yelled, “Your father is ruining the country,” according to the New York Post.

Ivanka Trump (right) and her sister Tiffany make their way through Inlet Grove Community High School with the school's President and CEO Dr. Emma Banks (center in green) Thursday, October 27, 2016. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Ivanka Trump (right) and her sister Tiffany make their way through Inlet Grove Community High School with the school’s President and CEO Dr. Emma Banks (center in green) Thursday, October 27, 2016. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

While the New York Post and TMZ reported Palm Beach as the family’s destination, ABC News reports “senior sources” within Trump’s transition team said the destination was Hawaii. It’s possible Ivanka Trump, her children and husband, Jared Kushner, were on their way to visit her father, who is spending the Christmas holiday at his Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago. Donald Trump has been in high-level meetings at the lavish estate for nearly a week.

The New York Post reports the passenger, a lawyer from New York named Dan Goldstein, was seen holding a child and yelling at Ivanka Trump and demanding to know why she was on a commercial flight and not a private or charter jet.

Tweets posted by the Goldstein’s husband, Matthew Lasner, before the incident since have been deleted, but screenshots of the tweets have been widely shared on social media. In one screenshot, it appears Lasner tweeted an explanation: “Ivanka and Jared on flight. My husband expressed displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane.”

While not confirming the plane’s destination, which initially was not included in reports from The New York Post and entertainment website TMZ, JetBlue released this statement about the incident: “The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly. If the crew determines that a customer is causing conflict on the aircraft, the customer will be asked to deplane, especially if the crew feels the situation runs the risk of escalation during flight. In this instance, our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight.”

Read more from The New York Post.

 

FOX News TV anchor’s greatest challenge: his son’s medical ordeal

special-heart_tpEveryone at Wednesday’s YMCA of the Palm Beaches annual prayer breakfast wanted to hear what FOX News Channel’s chief political anchor, Bret Baier, thought of the guy who has digs down the road; the one who will be sworn in next month as president.

The anchor did talk a little about part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump‘s Election Night upset. But in his address to about 450 people at The Breakers, Baier — who was a YMCA camp counselor as a youth —  mostly discussed an outcome on which everyone could agree.

Baier’s son Paul was born with heart defects that already in his 9½ years have led to three heart surgeries and a series of other procedures. What Baier calls “remarkable medical advances” have helped Paul lead a healthy life.

Baier turned the experience into a bestselling book, Special Heart: One Family’s Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love. He said all proceeds from the book — and from talks such as Wednesday’s — go to non-profit pediatric heart causes.

Election Night was surreal, Baier said.

“That’s not something anybody expected,” he said. “Ever.”

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

Traffic smooth as Trump arrives in Palm Beach for first visit since election win

Though several miles of two major arteries were closed in West Palm Beach Tuesday evening, traffic delays were minimal as President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Palm Beach for his first visit since winning the presidential election earlier this month.

The Palm Beach Post learned this past weekend that Trump was planning to make his annual Thanksgiving visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate, where’s he’s spent the holiday for the past 20 years. Trump was joined by his wife, Melania, son, Barron, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, among others, according to a pool report.

President-elect Donald Trump arrives at PBIA for Thanksgiving holiday in West Palm Beach, Florida on November 22, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
President-elect Donald Trump arrives at PBIA for Thanksgiving holiday in West Palm Beach, Florida on November 22, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

» RELATED: Donald Trump’s Palm Beach visit prompts Coast Guard to set security zones

Trump’s plane arrived at Palm Beach International Airport just after 7 p.m., and he was then taken by motorcade to Mar-a-Lago, which sits a straight shot down Southern Boulevard from PBIA. Southern and several of its intersecting roads — including Interstate 95 — had to be closed until the motorcade passed.

Traffic cameras, congestion-monitoring apps and eyewitnesses reported few delays during what the Florida Department of Transportation says is a peak time for travel during the Thanksgiving holidays. Onlookers lined Southern Boulevard, with many parking at the Publix just east of I-95.

» PHOTOS: Inside Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s Palm Beach home

This procedure is going to start sounding very familiar: Any time Trump comes to visit, this will be how he is escorted from PBIA to Mar-a-Lago and back.

Trump spent some time on Twitter during the short trip from Palm Beach International Airport to his estate. He tweeted about the deadly Chattanooga, Tennessee, school bus crash that happened late yesterday, sending his condolences to the victims’ families and saying, “These beautiful children will be remembered!”

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Donald Trump’s Palm Beach visit prompts Coast Guard to set security zones

President-elect Donald Trump’s planned Thanksgiving visit to Palm Beach has prompted the Coast Guard to set security zones around his Mar-a-Lago Club.

The agency sent a news release late Monday saying the zones will be in effect in the Intracoastal and Atlantic waters near Trump’s estate beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday and ending Saturday afternoon.

President-elect Donald Trump will fly to Palm Beach late Tuesday night to spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago estate. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)
President-elect Donald Trump will fly to Palm Beach late Tuesday night to spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago estate. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

» RELATED: Donald Trump’s Palm Beach agenda this week: ‘Hopefully eating some turkey’

To enter, stop or anchor in the security zones during the designated times, boaters must have permission from the captain of Port Miami.

“The security zone is necessary to protect the VIP and accompanying official party, the public, and the surrounding waterway from terrorist acts, sabotage or other subversive acts, accidents, or other causes of a similar nature,” the Coast Guard said in its news release.

» RELATED: FAA restricts airspace over Mar-a-Lago this week; Trump likely cause

This is the latest security measure taken as Trump makes his first trip to Palm Beach since winning the presidential election earlier this month. The Federal Aviation Administration on Saturday issued a temporary flight restriction for the airspace over Mar-a-Lago — including Palm Beach International Airport — from late Tuesday night through early Friday morning.

Trump has spent Thanksgiving on the island for about 20 years. His plans include “hopefully eating some turkey,” a spokesperson said Monday in a conference call with reporters.

Any vessels that would like to travel through the security zones must contact the Coast Guard via marine-band radio via VHF-FM channel 16. Violators of the zones could face a civil penalty of more than $88,000; a criminal penalty up to $10,000; or up to 12 years in prison.

Here are the zone restrictions issued by the Coast Guard for Trump’s visit. All three zones are in effect for the duration of Trump’s time in Palm Beach:

Coast Guard security zones set from Tuesday afternoon through Friday afternoon for President-elect Donald Trump's visit. (Coast Guard)
Coast Guard security zones set from Tuesday afternoon through Saturday afternoon for President-elect Donald Trump’s visit. (Coast Guard)

Zone 1: No vessels or person will be permitted to enter this zone consisting of the waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon from the southern tip of the Everglades Island in the north to approximately 1,000 yards from the south of the Southern Boulevard Bridge on the south and eastern shore line west of Fisherman Island.

Zone 2: All vessels transiting the second zone shall maintain a steady speed and shall not slow or stop from waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon including the Intracoastal Waterway from the southern tip of the Everglades Island in the north to approximately 1000 yards from the south of the bridge on the south and from the western shore line to the western edge of the Fisherman Island in the east.

Zone 3: All vessels transiting the third zone shall maintain a steady speed and shall not slow or stop from waters of the Atlantic Ocean from Banyan Road in the north to Ocean View Road in the south and from shore to approximately 1000 yards east of the shoreline.

Patrick Murphy at Forum Club of Palm Beaches

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In a matter of days, Patrick Murphy will be getting a promotion or spending more time with his family. On Wednesday, he got a last-hour opportunity to sway some minds at a luncheon of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.

The northern Palm Beach County Democratic U.S. Congressman announced months ago for the U.S. Senate seat Marco Rubio was vacating to make a presidential run.

Murphy had to scramble after the Florida GOP presidential primary when Rubio, trounced in his own state by ultimate nominee — and part-time Palm Beacher — Donald Trump, pivoted and said he’d fight to retain his Senate seat.

As some polls that had put Rubio well ahead began to tighten, Murphy recently put some of his own money into his campaign in an effort to top Rubio.

Rubio addressed the Forum Club in May and was invited to Wednesday’s event as part of a joint forum, but declined, the Forum Club said.

Wednesday’s luncheon started with the Rev. Pam Cahoon drawing laughs and applause in her invocation when she said, “We are very grateful there’s only six days left” to Election Day.

“You know it’s a bad election cycle when we are praying for this to end,” Murphy quipped.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County: We’ve resolved charity tournament fees spat with Trump golf club

When he's not golfing at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Donald Trump often hits the links at his Trump National Doral, where he'll hold a campaign rally on Friday.
When he’s not golfing at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Donald Trump often hits the links at his Trump National Doral, where he’ll hold a campaign rally on Friday.

The charity golf tournament fees spat between a golf club owned by Donald Trump’s organization and Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County has been resolved, the Clubs’ charity coordinator said Tuesday.

“Everything’s wonderful.” Mark Casale, vice president of philanthropy, told The Palm Beach Post. “It’s going to be a great event.”

He declined to talk numbers.

A Trump representative did not immediately respond Tuesday to an email inquiry.

Last week, Casale had complained to Palm Beach County elected officials and staff that the club had hit his clubs with unexpected fees that will cut into proceeds.

Trump International Golf Club, near Palm Beach International Airport, is on county land. As a condition of the original lease agreement since the facility opened in 1996, the golf club must make its links available at times for charity tournaments. This year, the charity benefits Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and is scheduled for Monday, a day before Election Day.

Casale had said in July that his organization stood to collect $50,000 to $100,000 from the event.

But, he complained in an Oct. 25 email, “This ‘free’ event is costing us $20,000 between golf and catering fees. What we had hoped for as far as a ‘net’ income for this event has been cut in half (if we are lucky).”

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

Patrick Murphy to make case Wednesday at Forum Club

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Murphy does early voting Oct. 31

With his moment of truth six days away, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, will get a last-hour opportunity Wednesday to sway some minds when he speaks at a luncheon of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.

Murphy’s opponent, GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, addressed the Forum Club in May and was invited to Wednesday’s event as part of a joint forum, but declined, the Forum Club said.

Murphy recently put some of his own money into his campaign in an effort to top Rubio.

Wednesday’s event is at the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call (561) 881-9977.

Hillary Clinton at Palm Beach State: Every vote counts

On her 69th birthday, in what might be the most important state on Election Day — what else is new? — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told an overflowing crowd Wednesday at Palm Beach State College to vote, and make sure their friends vote, and, if possible, vote early.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held an early voting rally at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth Wednesday, October 26, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held an early voting rally at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth Wednesday, October 26, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

“We need to work for the next 13 days, and here in Florida, voting could not be easier,” she told a crowd in a gymnasium at the college west of Lake Worth.

Clinton staffers, quoting the local fire marshal, said the gym was at its capacity of 2,100 and overflows watched a video feed from an auxiliary room.

Clinton even directed those in the crowd who haven’t done so yet to head right from the rally to the Palm Beach County Lantana Road branch library, just three miles away. It’s one of 15 sites where early voting started Monday and runs through Nov. 6, just two days before Clinton faces off with GOP nominee, and part-time Palm Beacher, Donald Trump.

In a reference to the tumultuous 2000 presidential recount, she said, “We can’t take our foot off the gas. Every vote counts. Just ask my friend Al Gore.”

Clinton noted that already more than 200 million people nationwide, more than 50 million of those young people, have registered to vote, and 10 million nationwide already have cast ballots, “2 million of them right here in Florida.”

Clinton again attacked Trump’s refusal to say he’d respect the vote, saying, “nobody who’s ever run for president has ever said that.” She said that, as Secretary of State, she visited countries that really do rig their elections.

Clinton didn’t refer to this week’s news that premiums for the Affordable Care Act were shooting up. But State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, chair of the Republican Party of Florida, said in a statement issued Tuesday, “On the heels of Obamacare premiums increasing at an average of 25 percent, Secretary Clinton’s visit to the Sunshine State will be a stark reminder of how big government policies like Obamacare will continue stifling our economy, restricting small business expansion and killing jobs.”

Clinton did give a shout-out to Republicans and independents who might be at her rally, saying, “It’s not just what we’re against. It’s what we’re for.”

Clinton put in a plug for U.S. Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy, who she said, unlike incumbent Marco Rubio, “has not been afraid to stand up to Donald Trump.” And she talked up Randy Perkins, who’s running for Murphy’s former seat, although she did call him “Randy Parker.”

Frankel, Deutch stump for Hillary at Palm Beach State rally

 

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No surprise; in attendance at Wednesday’s Hillary Clinton rally at Palm Beach State College were local Democratic members of Congress Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch.

Noting today is Clinton’s birthday, Frankel said,.“we’re going to elect her as a birthday present.”

Asked about a new Bloomberg poll that, unlike other recent national surveys, puts Trump ahead, Frankel said, “we always knew Florida was going to close. That’s why Hillary’s here.”

Deutch said he wasn’t worried about the news this week that premiums for the Affordable Care Act were shooting up. He said he hasn’t heard Trump offer any alternative.

Crowds gather for 11 a.m. Hillary Clinton rally at Palm Beach State

 

Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post
Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post

LAKE WORTH — More than an hour before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was set to speak at 11 a.m., crowds were filling in the floor of the gymnasium at Palm Beach State College, west of Lake Worth.

They lined a barrier in front of the podium where Clinton will speak, while others filled bleachers behind the rostrum and beneath a stored-away basketball hoop assembly.

Before doors opened at 9 a.m., lines wound around the sprawling campus. Youngsters, millennials, retirees and people in wheelchairs stood, wearing signs and buttons with the candidate’s “H” icon or signs saying “Love trumps hate,” a dig at GOP challenger, and part-time Palm Beacher, Donald Trump.

Patricia Ortiz-Guittierez of Delray Beach, an immigrant from Colombia, stood with his nephew, MIchael Ortiz of Coconut Creek in Broward County, who was voting for the first time — and already had, by mail,

“America is a country that welcomes everybody,” she said, taking a shot at Trump’s immigration stances. She’s a citizen, and already has voted as well.

For the last few days, Trump and Clinton have been criss-crossing the state, a critical battleground in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

On Tuesday, as Clinton worked a crowd in Broward County, Florida GOP chair and State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia was hammering her on reports that premiums for the Affordable Care Act are shooting up.

“On the heels of Obamacare premiums increasing at an average of 25%, Secretary Clinton’s visit to the Sunshine State will be a stark reminder of how big government policies like Obamacare will continue stifling our economy, restricting small business expansion and killing jobs,” he said.