At "Southern" White House, Trump return disrupts Palm Beach County life

Editor Note: Posting on Twitter Saturday, President Trump described Mar-a-Lago as the "Southern" White House. A change from a previous headline reflects this description.


Town of Palm Beach, Fla. - Traffic began to move slowly around Mar-A-Lago hours before U.S. President Donald Trump returned to Palm Beach County for a third straight weekend. Law Enforcement had warned the public to expect heavy congestion.


As Air Force One touched down at Palm Beach International Airport around 3:30pm, Southern Blvd was shut down, along with adjoining north-south roadways - including Interstate 95, Australian Avenue and Dixie Highway.


Late Friday night, the area between Palm Beach International Airport and the Town of Palm Beach began to move as smoothly as can be expected now that a presidential visit becomes part of the South Florida scene.


The President will spend this weekend (Feb. 17 - 20) at his favorite resort, now dubbed the Winter White House. The working get-a-way from Washington, D.C. includes a trip to Melbourne for a campaign-like rally.


A planned protest organized by the West Palm Beach Chapter of Women’s March and South Florida Activism was scheduled to take place Friday from 5 - 8p.m. Anti-Trump activists wanted to line up along Southern Blvd., where the president’s motorcade travels to get to Mar-a-Lago.


But the White House announced on Friday morning that Trump would arrive in Palm Beach County earlier than expected, and protesters would not be able to attend because of work.


The protest is now scheduled for 8 p.m. on Monday at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach.

 WPTV reports Secret Service agents are investigating an incident involving someone

throwing an object at Trump's limousine.

Also, WPTV (NBC/FOX) reported the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, along with Secret Service, were investigating an incident involving someone throwing an object at the presidential motorcade as the caravan drove from PBIA to Mar-a-Lago Friday afternoon.


A CNN photojournalist may have shot video of a rock and a second item thrown towards Trump's limousine.


WPTV reported Secret Service Agents gathered at an intersection on Southern Blvd., looking at security camera footage at nearby stores.



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