WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Before President Trump heads back to The White House, Monday afternoon, he will make a stop at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
Monday morning, the president departed from Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach en route to the headquarters for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, which is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base.
At the base, President Trump is scheduled to be briefed by CENTCOM and SOCOM leaders, join troops for lunch and deliver a speech.
When he returns in D.C., Monday afternoon, disputes over his controversial immigration ban await him. It is now up to his administration to put up an argument in favor of the travel ban, which is currently on hold by a federal court judge out of Washington state.
The new commander-in-chief spent the weekend in Palm Beach at his Mar-a-Lago estate, joined by first lady Melania Trump, where he watched Super Bowl 51 and held meetings.
Supporters of President Trump were seen lining up along sidewalks as his motorcade moved through Palm Beach, Sunday. “We’re in the middle of a historic moment in American history,” said resident Jim Beloian.
The motorcade was escorting President Trump to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday. He was surrounded by many officials, including his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and First Lady Melania Trump.
Leading up to the 51st Super Bowl, the president sat down for an interview with FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly. The sit-down hit on a number of international issues, like Russia and Mexico.
O’Reilly also brought up the subject of homegrown sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.
“Defunding is your weapon of choice,” said O’Reilly in the interview.
“Well, I don’t want to defund a city,” Trump replied.
“But you’re willing to,” said O’Reilly.
“I don’t want to defund anybody,” said Trump. “I want to give them the money they need to properly operate as a city or state. If they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we might have to do that.”
The two touched on an immigration travel ban now on hold for seven Muslim majority countries — Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Iran and Syria — that has plagued the first days of his presidency.
“It was very smooth,” said Trump in the O’Reilly interview. “You had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers, and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully.”
Trump reacted on Twitter to a new blow to his executive order. A federal judge turned down his administration’s appeal to reinstate the ban.
The controversy fueled thousands of protesters to storm the streets outside of the posh Palm Beach County neighborhood, Saturday afternoon.
Behind the gates, Saturday, President Trump and the First Lady hosted a fundraiser gala in the winter White House.
In attendance at Saturday’s protest was South Miami Vice Mayor Bob Welsh. He told 7News, “Everybody should make the journey if Trump is saying the stuff that he says,” he said. “If he’s tweeting what he’s tweeting, if he’s enacting the presidential orders that he’s doing.”
The immigration travel ban appeal faces more scrutiny as it goes into another showdown in court, Monday.
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