Thur, Nov 23, 2017: Trump talks to U.S. troops, delivers food to Coast Guard

President Trump spoke to U.S. troops Thursday from his private Florida club Mar-a-Lago, telling them “we’re really winning” in the fight against ISIS and in Afghanistan — all thanks to his administration’s leadership.

“They say we’ve made more progress against ISIS than they did in years of the previous administration, and that’s because I’m letting you do your job,” Trump said, in a video call to branches of the U.S. armed forces.

The call was with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan, the 2nd Marine Raider Batallion in Iraq, the 5th Fleet aboard the USS Monterey, the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in Turkey and the Coast Guard at the Kuwait Navy Base.

The president spent the holiday at Mar-A-Lago, but made a visit to a local Coast Guard station as well. He and first lady Melania Trump provided turkey sandwiches, giant muffins, fruit, chips and cookies to the men and women on duty there, according to the Associated Press. The president also thanked them for their help in providing hurricane relief.

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Sun, Apr. 16, 2017: Trump, First Lady attend Easter service at church in Palm Beach, FL

President Donald Trump celebrated Easter with his family this weekend in Palm Beach, attending church and Mar-a-Lago’s annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday before heading back to Washington.

The president, first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron, Trump’s daughter Tiffany and the first lady’s parents went to the 11 a.m. Easter service at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, a historic church that sits a short drive from Mar-a-Lago. The president and first lady were married there in 2005, and Barron was christened there in 2006

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Fri, Apr. 7, 2017: Trump, Xi discuss trade in Mar-a-Lago meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged cooperation with the United States on trade and investment on Thursday, inviting President Donald Trump to visit China in a cordial start to their first meeting likely to broach sensitive security and commercial issues.

Trump has said he wants to raise concerns about China’s trade practices and press Xi to do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions during his two-day visit to the Spanish-style Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, though no major deals on either issue are expected.

The two sides should promote the “healthy development of bilateral trade and investment” and advance talks on a bilateral investment agreement, Xi said, according to a statement on China’s Foreign Ministry website. Continue reading “Fri, Apr. 7, 2017: Trump, Xi discuss trade in Mar-a-Lago meeting”

Thur, Apr. 6, 2017: Trump launches missile strikes against Syria following chemical attack

President Donald Trump’s statement on Syria:

“My fellow Americans: On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons 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 in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.

“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council. Continue reading “Thur, Apr. 6, 2017: Trump launches missile strikes against Syria following chemical attack”

Thur, Apr. 6, 2017: Trump dines with Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping sat down to steak and pan-seared sole shortly after Trump made the decision to pull the trigger on a missile strike in Syria — the biggest military action of his presidency.

Trump met with his national security team before the formal dinner in Mar-a-Lago Thursday, sitting through the meal with President Xi while action was underway.

Defense Secretary James Mattis updated President Trump about strikes following dinner, according to a US official.

The gathering, in an ornate private dining room on Trump’s opulent Florida estate, was taking place ahead of a series of high-stakes meetings where the two leaders are expected to tackle a range of complex issues.

The trade relationship between the two countries and the rising threat of North Korea’s nuclear program are due to be top of the agenda during discussions due to take place at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump and Xi are also scheduled to sit down together again on Friday for a working lunch, while first lady Melania Trump and Madame Peng Liyuan visit a local school together.