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Trump in Palm Beach for Christmas: 10 things to expect

Antonio Fins
Palm Beach Post

President Trump is scheduled to return to Palm Beach today for a 10-day holiday visit. Ten things you can expect with the president in town through New Year's Day.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania leave Family Church after Christmas Eve service in West Palm Beach, Dec. 24, 2019.
  • Tweets: The president has been on a tweet storm for the past month about the 2020 election results. It's unlikely he won't take a vacation from his social media campaign to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 popular vote and the Dec. 14 Electoral College tally.
  • Golf: The president will play golf. Local notables he has played with in the past include greats Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. His preference has clearly been for his Trump International golf club in West Palm Beach. He usually arrives early in the morning and stays at the club on Summit Boulevard until after lunch.
  • Christmas Eve: This is an intriguing unknown. The Trump family has traditionally attended evening services at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach. Last year, though, the president and first lady Melania Trump attended services at an evangelical church, Family Church, in West Palm Beach. This year, Bethesda-by-the-Sea is holding virtual services. But Family Church will have in-person services.
  • Christmas Day: Trump is likely to spend the first part of the day video conferencing with the troops stationed at bases overseas.
  • What did he get Melania for Christmas? This was a source of curiosity in 2019 when the president, speaking with the troops, was asked what he got the first lady for Christmas. The president stammered, mentioned a card and that he was still working on a gift, but the answer was never made public.
  • Surprises: Something always goes down while the president is at the Southern White House for the holidays. In 2016, when he was president-elect, the Russia investigation was born. A year later, a tweet on the border wall and immigration set the tone for what arguably became the most volatile issue in 2018 and in 2019 the president concluded his visit with a missile drone strike that killed a top Iranian military official. Stay tuned.
  • New Year's Eve: The president is still scheduled to host his annual New Year's Eve gala. It's a red carpet affair with celebrities, Trump family members and even administration figures.
  • Vaccines: The coronavirus vaccine is indisputably a legacy achievement for the Trump presidency. But the Trump has been cagey about being vaccinated. The White House has said it's up to the president's physicians to decide. So, will he get the shot? And will it take place at Mar-a-Lago?
  • Pardons: Trump on Tuesday issued pardons to a 2016 campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, and a Dutch lawyer, Alex Van der Zwaan. The two had pleaded guilty to lying to Russia probe investigators. Who's next? 
  • Trump faithful: You can expect Southern Boulevard will be dotted by Trump supporters, and protesters. And the next 10 days are your last shot to get a selfie with Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport.