Last week Donald Trump is taking his 17th trip since his inauguration to Mar-a-Lago, the 128-room mansion in Palm Beach that he turned into a private club.
Here's a timeline of all of Trump's visits to the so-called "winter White House," each of which reportedly costs taxpayers approximately $3 million.
The president arrived at Mar-a-Lago at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to a White House pool report. The Palm Beach Post reports that he's there with a number of advisors including "White House chief of staff John Kelly, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, national security adviser John Bolton, chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. First Lady Melania Trump arrived earlier in the day on a separate aircraft."
I am in Florida and looking forward to my meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan. Working on Trade and Military Security.- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2018
On Tuesday afternoon, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan arrived at the private club for a two-day summit that will focus on North Korea and its nuclear weapons program. Abe formerly visited Mar-a-Lago in February 2017, when North Korea launched a test missile toward the sea of Japan.
The two leaders spoke to reporters and posed for photos before taking a "friendship walk" on their way to dinner at the club.
The group dined on the terrace, and after the news of Former First Lady Barbara Bush's death was reported that evening the president and first lady issued statements expressing their condolences.
On Wednesday morning, White House pool reporters noticed that the huge American flag at Mar-a-Lago had not been lowered to half-staff to honor Bush despite the president's instructions to do so on federal buildings the previous evening. (Mar-a-Lago is not a federal building, but as one reporter pointed out the flag lowering was the president's idea and Mar-a-Lago is his residence). By 9:58 a.m., White House Press Secretary said that flags at both Mar-a-Lago and Trump International Golf Club had been lowered to half-staff.
Sarah Sanders tells pool flags have now been lowered at half-staff both at private Mar-a-Lago and Trump International Golf Club to honor Barbara Bush, after reporters noticed they were not lowered after Trump directive last night to do so on federal buildings.- David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) April 18, 2018
Trump and Abe headed to the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach that morning to " [build] an even deeper and better relationship while playing a quick round of golf," the president said.
While the two leaders played golf, their wives got a culture fix at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, where they toured Whitehall, the 75-room, 100,000-square-foot mansion industrialist Henry Flagler built for his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, during the Gilded Age.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, arrived at Mar-a-Lago Wednesday for what he called "important talks" with "our great ally and friend" Shinzo Abe.
The VP "sat beside the president during a working lunch with the Japanese delegation," according to the Palm Beach Post, which reported that Chief of Staff John Kelly, economic adviser Larry Kudlow, National Security Adviser John Bolton and Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan were also at the table.
At 6:16 p.m., Trump and Abe began a joint press conference in the gilded ballroom at Mar-a-Lago. Trump expressed his "deep condolences to the entire Bush family on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush, a wonderful, wonderful person." He also said he and the first lady had been "honored to host [Shinzo] and Mrs. Abe once again at Mar-a-Lago."
He confirmed he "will be meeting with Kim Jong-un in the coming weeks to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," and at a dinner following the press conference said the two leaders "had two very productive days on trade, on military, [and] on North Korea."
The Japanese delegation departed, when Trump headed to Key West for a briefing with anti-drug trafficking task forces. He returned to Mar-a-Lago Thursday afternoon.
Trump went to the Trump International Golf Club again on Friday and Saturday, when he tweeted that he would be watching Barbara Bush's funeral service from the "Southern White House". He also tweeted about James Comey, the former FBI director he fired who just published a new book, "Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake News NBC," and a call he said he received from actor Sylvester Stallone about the late heavyweight boxing champion Sylvester Stallone, whom Trump is considering pardoning.
Heading to the Southern White House to watch the Funeral Service of Barbara Bush. First Lady Melania has arrived in Houston to pay our respects. Will be a beautiful day!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
The president departed from Palm Beach International Airport around 2:30pm on Sunday afternoon after posing for pictures with Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies.
Thank you to the incredible Law Enforcement Officers from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. They keep us safe and are very cool about it! pic.twitter.com/NlhxpPwmzT- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2018
Air Force One arrived at Joint Base Andrews at 4:35 p.m.
March 29-April 1
Air Force One touched down at Palm Beach International Airport at 6:07 p.m. on Thursday evening, according to a White House pool report. His motorcade to Mar-a-Lago reportedly passed "one onlooker with what appeared to be a paper mache creation with blonde hair holding a sign: 'Stormy Daniels says hi.'" (Daniels, of course, is the adult film star who allegedges she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago (the president has denied the affair).
According to the Washington Post, boxing promoter Don King dined with the president on Thursday night. King's daughter Deborah captioned a series of photos from the night, "Dinner with dad and The President at Mar-a-Lago Friday night is one I will always remember. Great food, people, and a positive energy!"
On Friday morning, the president headed to the Trump International Golf Club at 9:32 a.m. with the press pool in tow. His motorcade left the club at 2:59 p.m.
ABC reporter Meridith McGraw tweeted that Fox News host Sean Hannity and former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernie Kerik were spotted at the club with the president on Friday evening.
Source at Mar-a-Lago tells me last night President Trump was spotted with Sean Hannity and former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik, today at the club the President was with the First Lady and daughter Tiffany.- Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) April 1, 2018
On Saturday morning he left Mar-a-Lago at 8:45 a.m. and tweeted about Amazon hurting the U.S. Postal Service and California Governor Jerry Brown pardoning "criminal illegal aliens" on the way to the Trump International Golf Club
Palm Beach Post reporter George Bennett reported that Hannity was also at the golf club on Saturday.
The morning of Easter Sunday, a White House pool report stated that overnight vandals had "splashed red paint on the left entrance sign of Trump International Golf Club." The White House Press Office referred questions to the U.S. Secret Service, which is investigating the incident.
The president tweeted about DACA, immigration from Mexico, and the need for a border wall on Sunday morning, and he held hands with the first lady as they walked into the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. It was their first public appearance since the airing of the 60 Minutes interview with Daniels. Trump addressed a shouted question about his DACA tweet from reporters on his way into the Episcopal church.
"Mexico has got to help us at the border," he said. "If they're not going to help us at the border, it's a very sad thing between our two countries. Mexico has got to help us at the border. And a lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA, and we're going to have to really see. They had a great chance. The Democrats blew it. They had a great, great chance but we'll have to take a look, because Mexico has got to help us at the border. They flow right through Mexico. They send them into the United States. It can't happen that way anymore. Thank you."
The first family departed the church service at 12:28 p.m. en route to Mar-a-Lago, from which First Lady Melania Trump tweeted a photo of a room decorated for Easter:
And Donald Trump, Jr. posted photos of his daughter taking part in an Easter Egg hunt at the property:
The Trumps left the club at 4:12 p.m. bound for Palm Beach International Airport. Air Force One landed at Joint Base Andrews at 6:09 p.m. Donald Trump, Jr. and his wife Vanessa Trump, who filed for divorce on March 15, were spotted disembarking the presidential plane with their five children. Melania's mother Amalija Knavs, Tiffany Trump, and Lara and Eric Trump were also reportedly on board.
March 23-25, 2018
The president and first lady traveled separately to Joint Base Andrews on Friday afternoon, despite an indication on a schedule released by the office of the White House press secretary that they would depart the White House together at 4:40 p.m. The first lady headed to the military base after delivering a speech at the State Department as part of the International Women of Courage award ceremony, according to CNN. When the president arrived at Joint Base Andrews on Marine One at 4:59 p.m., the first lady was already onboard Air Force One, according to a White House pool report.
On Saturday morning, the president stuck to his tradition of going to the Trump International Golf Club, where he arrived at 9:02 a.m. and spent about five hours before returning to Mar-a-Lago. The presidential motorcade took a detour from its usual route, the Palm Beach Post reported, avoiding hundreds of protesters rallying as part of the March for Our Lives and a billboard calling for Trump's impeachment that had been installed along the route the previous week.
That night, Trump posed for a photo with the royal family of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
The president headed back to Trump International around 9 a.m. on Sunday morning and stayed until 1:46 p.m. before going back to to Mar-a-Lago and then to the airport for his flight back to Washington. Air Force One departed from Palm Beach International Airport at 3:54 p.m. and arrived at Joint Base Andrews at 5:55 p.m. He "did not respond to shouted questions about whether he would watch [Sunday's] Stormy Daniels interview," a White House pool report stated.
Barron and Melania Trump did not accompany him back to Washington. "The First Lady will be staying in Florida as is their tradition for spring break," Lindsay Walters, deputy press secretary, said in a statement.
The president is expected to return to Mar-a-Lago this weekend and stay through Easter Sunday, according to the Palm Beach Post.
March 3-4, 2018
After attending a funeral service for Reverend Billy Graham at his library in Charlotte, North Carolina, the president flew to West Palm Beach, arriving at 3:08 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to a White House pool report.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Trump was "scheduled to host a 6:30 p.m. 'roundtable with Republican National Committee supporters' at Mar-a-Lago, then speak at a 7:30 p.m. dinner for the RNC’s Spring Donor Retreat" that evening. Both events were closed to press. The Washington Post reports that the president "dined on the gilded patio with old friends-former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani and wife Judith and Blackstone Group chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman, among others."
On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted "Happy National Anthem Day!" and wrote that the mainstream media have "gone CRAZY" before following routine by heading to the nearby Trump International Golf Club. This trip to the links was a milestone because it was the President's 100th day in office that he spent at a golf club that bears his name.
He returned to Mar-a-Lago for the "Trump Victory" reception at 1:15 p.m., where he made the remarks mentioned above. (Trump Victory is a fundraising committee that jointly benefits Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign and the Republican Party.)
The president returned to Washington on Air Force One, landing at Joint Base Andrews at 4:34 p.m. before heading to the annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, D.C. that evening.
February 16-19, 2018
Air Force One landed at the Palm Beach International Airport at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, according to a White House pool report. The presidential motorcade headed to Broward Health North Hospital, where the president and first lady met victims of Wednesday's school shooting and first responders and doctors who treated them.
After the hospital visit the Trumps went to the Broward County Sheriff's Department headquarters, where they met with local law enforcement officials, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. They arrived at Mar-a-Lago about 9:30 p.m. A CNN reporter tweeted that the president and first lady "stopped by Studio 54-themed disco party in the ballroom" that night.
President Trump and the First Lady stopped by a Studio 54-themed disco party in the ballroom at Mar-a-Lago last night after returning from the Broward sheriff’s department- Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) February 17, 2018
On Saturday, the president did not head out for his traditional Saturday morning golf club excursion "to respect the dead and the mourners," a White House aide told Bloomberg. The White House told reporters that the president "called Parkland, Florida Mayor Christine Hunschofsky, Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Principal Ty Thompson to express condolences, receive updates, and offer support" that day. He also "attended the inaugural fundraiser for Orphan’s Promise, a children’s ministry affiliated with the Christian Broadcasting Network" Saturday night, the Palm Beach Post reports.
The president spent Sunday at Mar-a-Lago, where the White House said he "had a productive meeting" with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan during which they "discussed a variety of topics." He headed to Trump International Golf Club, his private club in West Palm Beach, for dinner with family members on Sunday night. "En route, the motorcade passed the club where porn movie actress Stormy Daniels will perform four shows as part of her Make America Horny Again tour," the Post reports.
Trump was back at the golf club around 9 a.m. on Monday morning. He returned to Mar-a-Lago just before 2 p.m. and Air Force One left Palm Beach bound for Washington Monday afternoon. Trump returned to the White House at 6:50 p.m.
February 2-4, 2018
The president, first lady, and Barron Trump arrive at the Palm Beach International Airport at 6:55 p.m. on Friday night. He spent Saturday morning at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, according to a White House Pool report. He also tweeted about his approval ratings and the controversial GOP memo that had recently been released:
This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018
He visited the same golf club on Sunday morning, returned to Mar-a-Lago in the afternoon, and headed back to the golf club for a Super Bowl party that evening.
The president and first lady watched the pep band from Florida Atlantic University play "Hail to the Chief," Earth, Wind & Fire’s "Boogie Wonderland," and Walk the Moon’s "Shut Up and Dance" before heading inside to the party, which the president's daughters Tiffany and Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner also attended.
The first family returned to Washington on Air Force One following the party.
January 12-15, 2018
President Trump touched down in Palm Beach on Friday night for his 11th trip to Mar-a-Lago as president. First Lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump accompanied him on Air Force One.
He fired off two tweets addressing the stock market and DACA on Saturday morning before heading to the Trump International Golf Club around 9:30 a.m.
Yesterday was a big day for the stock market. Jobs are coming back to America. Chrysler is coming back to the USA, from Mexico and many others will follow. Tax cut money to employees is pouring into our economy with many more companies announcing. American business is hot again!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2018
The Democrats are all talk and no action. They are doing nothing to fix DACA. Great opportunity missed. Too bad!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2018
The White House told reporters that Trump was briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise and met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and received an in-depth update on trade with China on Saturday.
On Sunday he headed back to Trump International Golf Club in the morning and returned to Mar-a-Lago in the afternoon, where he spoke with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and New Jersey Governor-Elect Phil Murphy by phone.
He had dinner with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at his golf club Sunday evening, and told reporters on his way in that he was trying to get a DACA deal but was having difficulty working with Democrats. Addressing questions of racism, he said, "No. I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you will ever interview," according to a White House pool report.
He returned to his golf club Monday morning at 9:07 a.m. and returned to Mar-a-Lago in the afternoon before boarding Air Force One for his return to Washington around 4:15 p.m.
December 22-January 1, 2017-2018
Trump arrived at Palm Beach International Airport on Friday.
He spent the morning of December 23 at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, and on Christmas Eve he participated in a video teleconference with military members and joined First Lady Melania Trump to make NORAD Santa Tracker phone calls from Mar-a-Lago that afternoon.
Trump visited the golf club again on December 26 and reportedly played with Senator David Purdue (R-GA), PGA Tour Pro Bryson DeChambeau, and former PGA Pro Dana Quigley.
The following day, the president spent another morning at the golf club and visited a West Palm Beach firehouse in the afternoon. "I want to thank the job you do, medically and the paramedics the job you do with fires, it has been incredible," he reportedly said. "You do a fantastic job so we just wanted to thank you very much. So thank you all very much. We appreciate it."
Thursday included another visit to Trump International Golf Club, an impromptu interview with a New York Times reporter, and dinner with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, according to a published schedule. On Friday, Trump invited service members from the United States Coast Guard to play golf with him.
Trump spent part of New Year's Eve with Florida Governor Rick Scott, with whom he discussed "ongoing hurricane recovery efforts, the need to improve the nation’s aging infrastructure, and many other matters important to the people of Florida," according to a White House report about their lunch.
The president, first lady, and Barron Trump arrived together on the red carpet for Mar-a-Lago's New Year's Eve party, tickets to which reportedly cost $600 for club members and $750 for guests. Other notable attendees included Lou Dobbs, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, casino mogul Steve Wynn, former baseball star Keith Hernandez, Nancy Pelosi's son, and Donald Trump’s three oldest children.
"We’re off to a very good start with the great tax cuts … getting rid of the individual mandate, which was very, very unpopular, as you know," the president said on the red carpet. "We’re going to have a tremendous year. The stock market, I think, is going to continue to go up. Companies are going to continue to come into the country. And they’re doing it now, soon to be a record clip."
Ivanka Trump attended with her husband, Jared Kushner, and their daughter and oldest son.
The dinner menu consisted of "Trump iceberg wedge salad (with Roquefort cheese, grape tomatoes, bacon, and red onion), Maine lobster ravioli (with fennel mousseline, olive, citrus verjus sauce), 7X sliced tenderloin and pan-seared sea bass (with taro root puree, morel mushrooms, roasted heirloom carrots, sweet cherries, and burgundy jus), and baked Alaska."
After another visit to his golf club on New Year's Day, the president left West Palm Beach for a return flight to Washington at 4:24 p.m.
December 8-10, 2017
After a stop in the Florida Panhandle city of Pensacola for a campaign-style rally Friday evening ("Get out and vote for Roy Moore," he told the audience), Trump headed to West Palm Beach and spent the night at Mar-a-Lago.
He was back at the airport early Saturday morning for a flight to Jackson, Mississippi, where he delivered remarks at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
"The Civil Rights Museum records the oppression inflicted on the African American community - the fight to end slavery, to end Jim Crow, to gain the right to vote - so that others might live in freedom," he said (some local leaders and residents had protested his visit). "Today we pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past and dedicate ourselves to building a future of freedom, equality, justice, peace."
Trump returned to Mar-a-Lago that afternoon. He spent Sunday morning at Trump International Golf Club and returned to Washington Sunday evening.
November 22-26, 2017
After pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday, Donald Trump jetted down to Palm Beach to begin his first Thanksgiving holiday in office-and his first trip back to Mar-a-Lago since it had been closed for the summer season.
Will be having meetings and working the phones from the Winter White House in Florida (Mar-a-Lago). Stock Market hit new Record High yesterday - $5.5 trillion gain since E. Many companies coming back to the U.S. Military building up and getting very strong.- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
After firing off a tweet that began, "Will be having meetings and working the phones from the Winter White House in Florida (Mar-a-Lago)," the president headed to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on the morning of Thanksgiving Eve. White House press advisors declined to say whether he played any golf.
On Thanksgiving Day, Trump and his family had their holiday dinner "with friends and family," a meal that included, according to a White House pool report, "all the traditional fare-turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes [with] marshmallows, a variety of baked goods, local produce and cheeses, red snapper and Florida stone crab." Dessert consisted of "various cakes and pies."
Trump returned to his golf club on Thanksgiving Day, too, and after speaking with the president of Turkey on Friday he got in a round of golf at his Jupiter golf club with pro golfers Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.
After Turkey call I will be heading over to Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter, to play golf (quickly) with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. Then back to Mar-a-Lago for talks on bringing even more jobs and companies back to the USA!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
The first family flew back to Washington on Sunday afternoon.
April 13-16, 2017
Air Force One landed at Palm Beach International Airport just after 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, a few minutes after First Lady Melania Trump arrived on a separate Air Force plane, the Palm Beach Post reports. Four of the president's children, Donald Jr., Eric, Tiffany, and Barron, also traveled to Florida with the first lady (Ivanka Trump and her family are reportedly in Canada, where they have been celebrating Passover, according to Jewish Insider). The group arrived at Mar-a-Lago at 6:44 p.m., according to a White House pool report.
While his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, accompanied Trump to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before his departure, no senior White House staff appeared to accompany the president on the flight, and he had no public events planned for Friday.
Trump left Mar-a-Lago for the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach at 9:44 a.m. on Friday morning, reportedly his 17th trip to a golf course since taking office. "No word on what the president is actually doing this morning we'll provide that if/when we get an answer but at a breezy and blue 74 degrees, your pool notes it is an admittedly perfect day for golf," a pool report reads. According to a Wall Street Journal reporter's source, the president did play golf before returning to Mar-a-Lago shortly after 2 p.m.
Trump headed back to his West Palm Beach golf club on Saturday, leaving Mar-a-Lago a few minutes before 9 a.m., according to a pool report. "A vehicle known as the 'Trump mobile,' complete with abundant chrome trim, stars and stripes, a Trump puppet above the windshield, and signs saying 'Make America Great Again' and 'Trump Pence' exited the golf club at 1:10pm, a pool report reads. Trump left the club just before 1:30 p.m. and his motorcade made its way back to Mar-a-Lago. Hundreds of protesters-including several women wearing "pussy hats"-marched near the private club, demanding the president release his tax returns and chanting phrases like "Pay your taxes!" and "This is what democracy looks like."
On Easter Sunday, the president began the day by wishing his Twitter followers a happy Easter and tweeting about China, the Tax Day marches, and the military. Trump headed to the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, where he and the first lady were married in 2005, for Easter services (other guests were required to pass through magnetometers, according to a Palm Beach Daily News reporter's tweet). Their son Barron and his daughter Tiffany also attended, per a pool report. Back at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump Jr. posted a photo on Instagram modeling a green shirt emblazoned with the phrase, "Very Fake News," and the caption, "I think I'm going to have to buy a few thousand of these to pass around to our buddies in the Main Stream [sic] Media. In the meantime I'll model it for them. #yourewelcome#fakenews #veryfakenews #mainstream#media #msm."
The First Family took part in the club's annual private brunch and Easter egg hunt. A pool reporter noted that the parking lot included guest vehicles produced by Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Land Rover, Jaguar, Tesla, and Cadillac. The press was not allowed in to cover the festivities, but the first lady posted a photo from inside the club on Twitter.
The presidential motorcade left the club at 3:48 p.m., encountering both supporters and protesters along the trip to the airport, and Air Force One departed from the Palm Beach airport at 4:13 p.m. bound for Washington.
April 6-9, 2017
The president arrived at Mar-a-Lago at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday afternoon after flying down to Florida on Air Force One, according to a press pool report. He welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping and "his incredibly talented wife, a great, great celebrity in China, a great singer" for a dinner that also included Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Senior Adviser (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, and his daughter and newly named special assistant, Ivanka Trump.
"We have developed a friendship, I can see that," the president said about Jinping. "I think, long-term, we are going to have a very, very great relationship, and I look very much forward to it."
The group chose between pan-seared dover sole with champagne sauce and Thumbelina carrots and dry-aged New York Strip steak with whipped potatoes. The president ignored shouted questions about North Korea and Syria.
After the Chinese delegation departed, the president announced the military strike against Syria, releasing a statement that began with these words:
"On Tuesday Syrian President Bashar al Assad launched a horrible chemical attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent. Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered at this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror."
While their wives visited a local middle school on Friday morning, Trump and Xi addressed reporters gathered in Mar-a-Lago's White and Gold Ballroom. The American president said that he and Xi had made "'tremendous progress' in their talks and that he believes 'lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away,'" according to a pool report. Xi spoke in Chinese. Later in the day, Ivanka Trump posted a video of her daughter, Arabella, singing a song in Chinese for Xi and his wife as her grandfather watched.
In an afternoon briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters the Trump had authorized the missile strike on Syria on Thursday afternoon, and that the missiles were fired at 7:40 p.m. during dinner with the Chinese president. "Foreign leaders and congressional leaders were notified starting at 8:30 p.m., just as first impacts were hitting the ground," a pool report reads, and Trump informed Xi as the dinner was ending. Xi and his wife departed Mar-a-Lago at 2:10 p.m, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters that Trump accepted Xi's invitation to visit China in 2017.
Later in the day, Trump announced his plan to appoint new administration personnel, spoke with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz al-Saud and South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn over the phone about Syria, and issued a proclamation declaring April 9, 2017 as National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day.
On Saturday morning, President Trump left Mar-a-Lago for the Trump International Golf Club at 8:49 a.m., according to press pool reports. (It's reportedly his 15th trip to a golf course since taking office). Trump's motorcade encountered a group of about a dozen protesters with signs reading "Resign," "Loser," and "Impeach Trump" outside the entrance to the golf course. The president reportedly hit the links before leaving the club bound for Mar-a-Lago at 2:15 p.m. A Trump-branded Sikorsky S-76 helicopter landed at the club's new landing pad on Saturday afternoon, marking the first time the helipad has been used.
President Trump's private helicopter just landed at Mar-a-Lago. First time since the helipad was built last month. pic.twitter.com/E2QmKSL6Ry- Aleese Kopf (@aleesekopf) April 8, 2017
The helicopter remained in place on Sunday morning, when the president departed for Trump International Golf Club around 9:30 a.m., according to the Palm Beach Daily News. A CNN reporter snapped photos of Trump on the course.
Spotted: President trump golfing for the second day in West Palm Beach. pic.twitter.com/nu88ahCP7l- Allie Malloy (@AlliemalCNN) April 9, 2017
While at the club, Trump tweeted about the terrorist attack in Egypt.
...confidence that President Al Sisi will handle situation properly.- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2017
The Palm Beach Daily News reported that Trump told guests in the dining room of the golf club (including Patrick Park, whom he's tapped to be ambassador to Austria) that he will return to Palm Beach next weekend for Easter.
After lunch, Trump headed back to Mar-a-Lago, passing supporters along the route from the golf club. His motorcade departed for the Palm Beach airport at 4:15 p.m. for his return flight to Washington on Air Force One.
Presidential motorcade passes Lake aVenue on way to airport. About 100 people along this stretch watching, mostly supporters. pic.twitter.com/W4oGSdQQSi- Kimberly Miller (@KMillerWeather) April 9, 2017
The Trump-branded helicopter also left the helipad at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday.
Update to an earlier post--the Trump branded helicopter has left Mar a Lago. POTUS was never on it. pic.twitter.com/vbVFxrSuY6- Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) April 9, 2017
March 17-19, 2017
Donald Trump touched down at Palm Beach International Airport around 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening. Also onboard Air Force One with him for the trip from Washington, D.C. were First Lady Melania Trump and her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, along with First Son Barron and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Earlier in the day was reportedly the first time Barron Trump made the trip across the White House lawn to Marine One.
While en route to Mar-a-Lago, Trump stopped his motorcade to greet a crowd of supporters on Bingham Island. While he had reportedly planned to host a summit on veterans' health care with Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter on Friday night, the meeting did not happen.
On Saturday morning, the president tweeted about his "GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel."
Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes.....- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017
...vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017
Later in the day, following an intelligence briefing and a call with the president of Brazil, Trump spent four and a half hours at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. Chris Ruddy, CEO of the conservative Newsmax Media organization, tweeted a photo of the president with former Mitt Romney aide Peter Flaherty and former MasterChef contestant Max Kramer at the club. If Trump played golf (he's wearing a golf glove in the photo but the White House would not confirm whether he hit the links), the Post reports that it would have been his ninth golf outing as president. For context, Barack Obama played 333 rounds of golf during his two terms in office.
Trump returned to Mar-a-Lago for dinner with Perlmutter and Ross. Attorney Alan Dershowitz was also dining at the club, reportedly as a guest of Ruddy, and the president paid his table a visit. "He walked over to us and he started schmoozing" about a range of issues including the travel ban and the Supreme Court, Dershowitz told the New York Post and Boston Herald Radio. "He said, 'If I can get you to vote for me in 2020, that’ll be the real accomplishment because you’ve probably never voted for a Republican.' It’ll be very uphill, but I have an open mind."
Vice-President Mike Pence was also in Palm Beach that evening, and he spoke at a Club for Growth event at The Breakers. His motorcade drove three miles south so the VP could join the president's party for dessert at Mar-a-Lago, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Early Sunday morning, the president returned to Trump International Golf Club where, according to the White House, he had "meetings and phone calls." His motorcade returned to Mar-a-Lago at 12:10 p.m., after stopping along the way on the Bingham Island bridge to greet about a dozen supporters.
He reportedly invited a group of seven of them back to Mar-a-Lago and posed for photos with them in one of the club's ballrooms: "He wanted to thank them and invited them back," White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters told the White House press pool. "They came back and he briefly spoke to them, thanked them and took a few photos."
Trump left the club just after 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and again stopped to greet supporters on the Bingham Island bridge en route to the airport. He boarded Air Force One with a group that included New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who also flew with the president on Marine One back to the White House. Onboard Air Force One, Trump spoke to reporters about North Korea's Kim Jong Un: "He's acting very, very badly," the president said.
March 3-5, 2017
President Trump visited St. Andrews Catholic School in Pine Hills, where he discussed education reform, before traveling to Mar-a-Lago on Friday. He spent Friday evening at an event for Republican donors at the nearby Four Seasons hotel, where a group of about two dozen protested from across the street. At least one protester was reportedly arrested and another was detained.
On Saturday afternoon, about two dozen protesters "exchanged profanities" with a crowd of about 100 Trump supporters near Mar-a-Lago, according to the Associated Press. The president stopped his motorcade and waved to the crowd on his way back to the club (above).
That night, while the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute held a gala with 300 attendees in the club's ballroom, the president mingled with guests and members. He also reportedly had dinner with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and White House counsel Don McGahn at the club that evening.
February 17-20, 2017
The president traveled to Palm Beach on the Friday of Presidents' Weekend, and then held a campaign-style rally at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport on Saturday morning.
On Sunday, the president played a round with pro golfer Rory McIlroy at the Trump International Golf Club. Trump, who was critical of former President Obama's golf excursions, was criticized after what spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders described as "a couple of holes this morning" was revealed to be 18 holes. (Sanders later said the president "intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer" and "also had a full day of meetings, calls and interviews" for the new national security advisor, following Michael Flynn's resignation after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.)
On Monday afternoon, Trump announced Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster for the post.
February 10-12, 2017
Trump arrived at Mar-a-Lago with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday evening, and the two of them had dinner with their wives at the club that night.
The next day, the president and prime minister played two rounds of golf, 18 holes at the Trump International Golf Club in nearby Jupiter, and nine holes at the Trump International Golf Club in nearby West Palm Beach. "My scores in golf is not up to the level of Donald at all," Abe reportedly said.
While their husbands hit the links, First Lady Melania Trump and Abe's wife, Akie Abe, visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
On Saturday night, a national security crisis erupted. Following North Korea's launch of a test missile toward the sea of Japan, members and guests at Mar-a-Lago were treated to front-row seats as Trump and Abe reacted to the international incident.
After holding a brief press conference, Trump stopped by a wedding taking place in the 20,000-square-foot ballroom that added when he turned Mar-a-Lago into a private club in 1995.
February 3-6, 2017
During his first trip to Mar-a-Lago as president, Donald Trump attended the 60th annual Red Cross Ball on Saturday night. Outside the club walls, a group of more than 3,000 protesters marched with signs that read "Climate Change Is Real," "I stand with my Muslim neighbors," and "My Body My Choice," among other phrases, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
The march began at the Trump Plaza condominiums in West Palm Beach, and despite reports that police would shut down the path to Mar-a-Lago at Bingham Island, preventing protesters from making it onto the island of Palm Beach, the group was allowed to gather in front of Mar-a-Lago until about 8 p.m.
President Trump-who reportedly spent Saturday morning playing golf-celebrated the Red Cross Ball along with eight foreign ambassadors to the United States, several American ambassadors, and "nobility from England, France and Italy," according to the Palm Beach Daily News. The ball's theme was "From Vienna to Versailles," and Mar-a-Lago was decked out "in Old World 18th-century style, right down to the service staff in powdered wigs and satin knee breeches or Marie Antoinette dresses."
With reporting by the Associated Press
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