President Donald Trump arrived in New Jersey Thursday evening, his first trip to the Garden State this year.
Air Force One landed at Newark Airport at 11:10 p.m., reports from the White House swimming pool. The President then took a helicopter to his Bedminster Golf Club, where he arrived at 11:51 p.m.
Trump plans to stay in Bedminster until Sunday, his 74th birthday. It has traditionally used the property as a weekend getaway in the warmer months.
The president has no plans for a public event on Friday, the White House said.
He is scheduled to deliver the opening speech at the West Point Military Academy on Saturday, then return to Bedminster to host a fundraising event to raise funds for his re-election campaign, the Republican National Committee and 22 states parties.
The event will be limited to approximately 25 people and will cost $ 250,000 per person.
He was supposed to be there last weekend, but canceled his trip as protests continued in Washington after the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.
Trump flew to New Jersey from Dallas, where he also organized a fundraiser. He also attended a roundtable where he defended the police, many of whom have been criticized following several deaths of unarmed blacks at the hands of law enforcement officials.
“We have to respect our police,” said Trump. “We have to take care of our police. They protect us. And if they are allowed to do their job, they will do a great job. “
During his presidency, Trump spent 90 days in Bedminster, behind only 109 days in Mar-a-Lago, according to NBC News.
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