Trump back in D.C. after spending third straight weekend at Mar-a-Lago

West Palm Beach, Fla. - Air Force One took off from Palm Beach International Airport Monday afternoon (Feb. 20), 30 minutes before scheduled departure. 

 

U.S. President Donald Trump traveled back to Washington, D.C. after a third straight week of a working weekend get-a-way.

 

Earlier in the day, Trump announced at his Mar-a-Lago resort that Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will be his choice for national security adviser. He called McMaster “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."

 

McMaster would replace Michael Flynn, who resigned after the Washington Post reported that he mislead Vice President Mike Pence regarding conversations Flynn had with the Russian ambassador to the United States about U.S. sanctions.

 

Trump also announced while in Palm Beach County that Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who has been acting national security advisor since Flynn's departure, will continue to be the chief of staff for the National Security Council.

 

On his way to PBI, about 100 supporters and protestors lined Southern Blvd - which runs east-west from Mar-a-Lago located in the Town of Palm Beach to the airport - some waiving signs as Trump's motorcade passed.

 About 100 supporters and protestors lined the roadway where Trump's motorcade traveled

In support of the president, some signs read, "I [heart] Trump," while a majority of those who showed up held signs that read, "No 45 in Palm Beach,"Orange Alert: Present threat to life, liberty, truth & happiness," and "Truth Matters."

 

With Trump visiting Palm Beach County on a regular basis, security provided by local police, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Secret Service remains tight.

 

For example, as Trump was getting ready to leave, all of Southern Blvd. was blocked for two hours, with no traffic movement. 

 

People, including The Beacon Today reporters, were not allowed to walk on the sidewalk in preparation for Trumps arrival to the airport. 

 

Those reporter spoke with multiple law enforcement officials as they guarded the route where the motorcade would pass, and the area around the airport. A PBSO deputy said no press would be allowed near the runway where Air Force One is located. 

 

For the third week in a row, President Trump spends the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach County.

While Trump enjoys spending time at his club in Palm Beach, his stays have raised issues involving security and how it impacts people and businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

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