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President Trump Gets A Surprise In Florida

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A cheering crowd of supporters greeted President Donald Trump after he landed in Palm Beach, Florida on Dec. 22.

Just days after signing his controversial tax reform bill, Trump arrived in Florida where he plans to celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve with his family at their luxury Mar-a-Lago resort, Palm Beach Post reports.

But when he arrived, Trump was met with homemade signs bearing messages like "I Support Pres. Trump Bigly," "Merry Trumpmas" and "Veterans For Trump," Fox News video shows.

For over 20 minutes, Trump was seen shaking hands with and speaking to various members of the crowd after he got off Air Force One.

More supporters greeted the president as he left for, and finally arrived at, the Mar-a-Lago resort. Trump's motorcade drove slowly so the commander in chief could wave to his fans.

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One pro-Trump Jewish group was spotted dancing and singing "We are victorious" outside the nearby Dreher Park. They held up signs thanking Trump for commuting the prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin's, a former kosher meatpacking executive convicted of bank fraud.

"I think he is a very smart and intelligent person," Barbara Goff, one of the women in the crowd, said of Trump. "People don’t like him and I don’t know why."

Not everyone was pleased to see Trump.

Protesters carrying signs reading messages like "Real News. Fake President" were also spotted standing alongside supporters, reports the Washington Examiner.

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While Trump celebrates the holidays at his resort, Alex Newell Taylor, a member of Women’s March Florida-Palm Beach County chapter, will spend the time planning two protests against Trump.

"One of our goals is to stand up for the people who are most oppressed in this country and I see this tax bill as making things worse," Newell Taylor said, reports WPEC.

Others took to social media to express their displeasure.

Comedian Nick Jack Pappas pointed out this is Trump's 34th "paid" vacation to Mar-a-Lago.

"Americans, on average, get 15 paid vacation days a year, but use only 12," he tweeted while counting the total vacation days Trump has used, ranging from his Florida resort to the Hawaiian Trump Hotel. "Trump has taken more than 100."

MSNBC journalist Kyle Griffin also commented, pointing out the conflict of interest inherent in the president visiting his property.

"Per pool, Trump has arrived at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida," he tweeted. "This is his 107th day at a Trump property as president."

"Trump leaves for Mar-a-Lago without holding an end-of-the-year press conference, breaking a tradition set by recent presidents," he added. "Trump has had just one official solo press conference this year. That was on February 16."

Sources: Palm Beach Post, Fox News/Facebook, Washington Examiner, WPEC, Nick Jack Pappas/Twitter, Kyle Griffin/Twitter (2) / Featured Image: The White House/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia CommonsMobilus in Mobili/Wikimedia Commons

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