On Friday, President Trump and his entourage will jet for the third straight weekend to a working getaway at his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla.
On Saturday, Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr., with their Secret Service details in tow, will be nearly 8,000 miles away in the United Arab Emirates, attending the grand opening of a Trump-brand golf resort in the “Beverly Hills of Dubai.”
Meanwhile, New York police will keep watch outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, the chosen home of first lady Melania Trump and son Barron. And the tiny township of Bedminster, N.J., is preparing for the daunting prospect that the local Trump golf course will serve as a sort of northern White House for as many as 10 weekends a year.
Barely a month into the Trump presidency, the unusually elaborate lifestyle of America’s new first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials, stirring financial and logistical concerns in several local communities, and costing far beyond what has been typical for past presidents — a price tag that, based on past assessments of presidential travel and security costs, could balloon into the hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a four-year term.
Adding to the costs and complications is Trump’s inclination to conduct official business surrounded by crowds of people, such as his decision last weekend to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a working dinner while Mar-a-Lago members dined nearby.
Harward looked like a good choice. And it seems that he definitely is acting like a rational human being, one who wants no part of this doomed administration:
President Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, has turned down the offer, a senior White House official said on Thursday.
Harward was offered the job after Michael Flynn was fired by Trump on Monday for misleading Vice President Mike Pence over his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
The White House official said Harward cited family and financial reasons for opting not to take the job. Harward is a senior executive at Lockheed Martin.
Two sources familiar with the decision said Harward turned down the job in part because he wanted to bring in his own team.
That put him at odds with Trump, who had told Flynn’s deputy, K.T. McFarland, that she could stay.
A friend of Harward's says he was reluctant to take NSA job bc the WH seems so chaotic; says Harward called the offer a "shit sandwich."
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 17, 2017
I picked a bad time to buy a Playstation 4.
And I’m still trying to digest this afternoon’s crazy press conference. Can we get like two days of normalcy just to catch our breath?
Today during a press conference that appeared to be an hour-long rant against the media, Donald Trump fielded a question from April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks about his plans for inner cities, which he campaigned on a platform of fixing.
She asked what his “urban agenda” was and when he responded that she should wait until he releases an executive order, she followed up by asking him if he planned to involve the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. (Well, first she asked if he’d meet with the CBC, but had to break down the acronym after Trump asked her who she was talking about.)
“Do you want to set up the meeting?” he asked repeatedly.
“No, no, no; I’m just a reporter,” she said.
“Are they friends of yours?” he pressed.
He went on to say he thinks the Congressional Black Congress is “great” and he’d love to meet them. (Note that they’ve claimed they’ve offered to meet with him and he has not yet agreed.)
Just one of the facepalm moments from this afternoon’s presser.
Or is it a victory rally. Or an ego-boosting rally?
President Donald Trump will be holding a rally in Melbourne Saturday afternoon in what is essentially a re-election campaign stop being promoted by his campaign.
Team Trump-Pence, the successor to Donald J. Trump for President, announced the president’s rally would be at a 5 p.m. event at the AeroMod International Hangar at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport.
The appearance presumably is on his way for his weekly weekend visit to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. It also comes hours after SpaceX will be making the first launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from the historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center a few miles up the coast, fueling speculation that the president may also make a space center visit and take in the historic launch during his time in Brevard County.
His return to Melbourne is a return to one of the hottest campaign rally spots Trump had in Florida during his triumphant run through last summer and fall. A stop he made there in September — at another hangar at the Melbourne Airport — was absolutely overwhelmed with supporters who became infamously rowdy for him that evening.