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Trump Drops By Christmas Party At Mar-a-Lago (Photos)

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President Donald Trump surprised guests at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida by gatecrashing a corporate party.

The corporate party took place in the golfing resort's ballroom on Dec. 9, the Daily Mail reported. Donald Trump was already at the estate -- which has been dubbed his "winter White House" -- at the time of his surprise appearance.

Guests at the estate appeared to be excited by the president's unexpected appearance. Many of the partygoers took out their cell phones to record videos and take selfies with him.

Donald Trump was also seen shaking hands with several guests at the lavish country club.

This isn't the first time he has surprised guests during their stay at the Palm Beach resort.

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In February, the president gatecrashed a wedding with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was in town for a meeting with Donald Trump at the time.

The two world leaders are believed to have appeared at the wedding completely unannounced. Their surprise visit was recorded by one of the attendees, who captured an impromptu speech by the president.

"I said to the prime minister of Japan, I said, 'come on, Shinzo, let's go over and say hello,'" Donald Trump said during the speech.

In August, the president gatecrashed another wedding at his New Jersey golf course. The incidents have been used by his resorts as selling points.

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"If he is on-site for your big day, he will likely stop in & congratulate the happy couple," a brochure reads. "He may take some photos with you, but we ask you and your guests to be respectful of his time and privacy."

While the gesture appears to be well-intentioned, some critics have accused Donald Trump of using his presidency to market his own business. The club has since removed the claim from its pamphlets, according to the Daily Mail.

Reactions to the president's surprise visit were mixed among social media users.

"He is the people's president," one commenter wrote. "[No] other president in the [world] would ever think of doing this."

"True. Most other Presidents would be in the White House, working on making America great again," responded another. "Instead we have a reality tv star advertising his own business. Clearly he has too much time on his hands."

"Great another 3 million dollar weekend paid for by the taxpayers while he promotes and markets his business," added another user.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump took to Twitter on Dec. 11 to once again bash the media.

"Another false story, this time in the Failing [New York Times], that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day - Wrong!" the president tweeted. "Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the 'dumbest man on television!' Bad Reporting."

Sources: Daily Mail, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Instagram via Daily Mail, Daily Mail

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