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President Trump arrives in Palm Beach County to spend the holidays at Mar-a-Lago

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 23:24:13-05

PALM BEACH, Fla. — In the face of a growing impeachment controversy, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in South Florida on Friday night to spend the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Palm Beach.

According to the White House, the couple will departed Joint Base Andrews around 8:30 p.m. and landed at Palm Beach International Airport around 10:25 p.m.

Flight restrictions from the Federal Aviation Administration indicate that President Trump will be in town until Sunday, Jan. 5.

Road closures are now in effect around Mar-a-Lago. All forms of travel, including pedestrian travel, are prohibited on S. Ocean Boulevard from the intersection of S. County Road to Southern Boulevard. The travel restrictions also extend eastward to the ocean.

The visit comes as President Trump faces intense pressure in our nation's capitol.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment that accused the president of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. With that vote, Trump became the third president in American history to be impeached.

At a rally in Michigan on Wednesday night, Trump told supporters that the effort against him was "illegal" and accused Democrats of demonstrating "deep hatred and disdain" for voters.

On Thursday morning, President Trump took to Twitter, calling the impeachment a "HOAX" and "the greatest Witch Hunt in American history."

The president was supposed to spend Christmas and New Year's in South Florida last year, but had to scrap those plans to stay in Washington, D.C. because of an ongoing government shutdown.

In 2017, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump celebrated the holidays at Mar-a-Lago, including attending Christmas Eve mass at The Church of Bethesda-By-The Sea, an Episcopal congregation on Palm Beach.

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President Trump most recently visited South Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday when he held a rally at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, and also made a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, a Chinese national was arrested for loitering and trespassing at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort.

Palm Beach police said 56-year-old Lu Jing was spotted taking photographs on property, and resisted officers when they tried to detain her.

In court on Thursday, Jing told a judge she doesn't understand what Mar-a-Lago is. Jing is the third intruder to be caught trespassing at the resort this year, according to police.

WPTV and the Associated Press contributed to this report.