Once again, President Trump will be spending the weekend away from the White House. This time, though, he’s shaking things up by going somewhere other than his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Instead, Trump has plans to spend the upcoming weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
The news about the President’s upcoming travel plans broke after a notice was released on Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration. A second notice was issued shortly after which that revealed Trump would be spending Thursday night in New York City before he heads to his New Jersey club.
The notices also revealed that Trump’s upcoming trip is going to cause some inconveniences for pilots flying in the New Jersey area.
There will be a 30-mile temporary flight restriction in the Morristown and Bedminster Township, New Jersey region between Friday and Sunday. There will also be a 10-mile radius where no aircraft can fly. This restriction affects at least two New Jersey airports: Somerset Airport in Bedminster and Solberg Airport in Readington Township.
Because he has been spending so much time at Mar-a-Lago — his “Winter White House” — the President has been neglecting his other properties, including the Bedminster club. This weekend’s trip will be the first one he’s taken to that particular club since his visit in November of last year.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster is the President’s preferred vacation spot during the summer when Mar-a-Lago is closed. It seems that, with the weather getting warmer and Mar-a-Lago shutting down for the season, he’s beginning his transition to what will likely become known as his “Summer White House.”
A report published by POLITICO last month suggested that, while Trump might be happy to spend more time at his New Jersey property, the folks who live in the area are concerned about the traffic jams and general chaos that accompany a presidential visit.
Nick Strakhov, a Bedminster resident who serves on the township’s land use board, explained:
‘We’re kind of apprehensive, I guess you could say. It’s nice to be recognized. But on the other hand, if it gets to be tedious, we might start to complain.’
Another resident has expressed concerns about higher tax bills that might be the result of Trump’s frequent visits to the area. At a town hall meeting in March, Jane Schumann said:
‘West Palm Beach is a lot bigger than we are. Those people are a little more affluent than we are. Has there been any thought to that?’
Bedminster Mayor Steve Parker, who has also been vocal with his worries about the expenses Trump will rack up, said that he hopes the Department of Justice will reimburse the town for the additional costs.
‘Those of us have no control over it other than to ask the questions and be a squeaky wheel.’
The DOJ did not respond to POLITICO’s requests for a comment on whether or not Bedminster would receive additional funding to cover the expense of protecting the President.
Hopefully they get on top of that soon, otherwise, there will be a lot of angry residents to deal with. Even people who don’t live in the area are upset about the President’s upcoming trip to New Jersey, as the tweets below show:
Hello, New Jersey. Though it looks like there's rain in the forecast this weekend at another of President Trump's golf clubs. Soggy course. https://t.co/eTykbyclQ8
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 1, 2017
Great I hope he falls in a hole!!!
— Nancy Venti (@NancyVentimigl1) May 1, 2017
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