Fox News anchor Bret Baier spotted with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago over Thanksgiving weekend
- Baier was seen with the president, alongside golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara during Thanksgiving weekend
- A photo posted to Instagram by Clio Lipton showed Trumo, Baier and the pro golfer, with the caption: 'Fun with POTUS! And THE Nicklaus's, and the Baiers'?
- Baier, his wife Amy, and Nicklaus were all invited to Mar-a-Largo
- They were among the 500 club members and guests packed into the estate's enormous, gilded ballroom for the presidential Thanksgiving meal
- Baier has been chasing the president for interview for months but sources say that their run in and his invitation?to Mar-a-Lago were coincidence?
Fox News anchor Bret Baier has been spotted with Donald Trump at the president's Mar-a-Lago estate.
Baier was seen with the president, alongside golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara, in a photo posted to Instagram with the caption: 'Fun with POTUS! And THE Nicklaus's, and the Baiers,' by Clio Lipton, according to AOL.
The post and Instagram account have since been removed.??
Baier, who was staying with Nicklaus with his wife?Amy, also posted a picture of himself on the West Palm Beach golf course with the golfer.
Bret Baier and his wife Amy were pictured next to President Trump at his Florida estate over the Thanksgiving holiday?
Baier, who was in Mar-a-Largo with his wife Amy, also posted a picture of himself on the West Palm Beach golf course with Jack Nicklaus
He also shared some pictures of himself golfing alongside the legendary pro
'An amazing day playing with @jacknicklaus -his son Gary & grandson G.T. - great players. #amazinggolfday,' he posted on Instagram
'An amazing day playing with @jacknicklaus -his son Gary & grandson G.T. - great players. #amazinggolfday,' he posted on Instagram.
Baier has been chasing an interview with the president for months and in September, he told?the Hollywood Reporter that Trump had reached out and that his people were 'trying to find a date that works' for an interview.
'Hopefully it's going to come together here in the next couple of weeks,' said Baier.
The Fox journalist's appearance at Mar-a-Lago suggests that the interview could be in the works, although a source told AOL?that his run in with the president may have just been a coincidence as Baier was in town for the round of golf with Nicklaus.
They were all then invited to Mar-a-Lago by a third, unnamed couple.
A Fox News spokesperson said: 'Bret Baier and his wife attended a dinner at Mar-a-Lago as a guest of Jack Nicklaus, whose home they were staying at for the weekend. He was asked to take a photo with Nicklaus and the President and obliged.'?
Trump (pictured last week speaking to the media from Mar-a-Lago) was reportedly spotted at the golf course alongside Baier and Nicklaus
They were among the?500 club members and guests packed into Mar-a-Lago's enormous, gilded ballroom for the presidential Thanksgiving meal that included traditional turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, as well as local favorites like Florida stone crab.
Trump sat at a long table in the middle of the room, according to several attendees. A photo posted by one showed the table set with a glittering tablecloth and bright blooms.
'Everybody was there,' said Toni Holt Kramer, a Mar-a-Lago member who founded a boosters' group called Trumpettes U.S.A. and is a loyal Trump supporter.
'It was very thrilling, because when the president and first lady entered, without anybody saying anything, the whole room rose and everyone started applauding. And they didn't stop, and it was just overwhelming. And you just sort of choked, because it was so beautiful,' she said. 'The unity was overwhelming.'
The club's Saturday dinner service also was packed, with guests including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, spilling into the patio, the dining room and supplemental space.?
Baier and his wife Amy were also invited President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach (pictured)?
Kramer described the president circling the room, saying hellos, shaking everyone's hands and posing for photos.
'He is the president of the United States,' she said, but 'he's the same person as he was when he was just plain old Mr. Trump.'
Trump's only public events took place Thursday, when the president held a video conference call with service members stationed around the world and visited a nearby Coast Guard station to hand out lunches.
During Trump's private time, the line between work, play and business is ill-defined.
Behind closed doors, Trump fired off angry tweets in many directions, singling out CNN, the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, protesting football players, and the father of a UCLA basketball player accused of shoplifting in China, whom he blasted as an 'Ungrateful fool!'
But, while he has denounced many respected news organisations as 'fake news', the president has maintained a good relationship with Fox.
Baier also posted a photo, taken on the golf course, writing: 'A bald eagle on the 10th hole of a golf course we played in Florida — #magestic'
He?even held a cozy dinner for 'Fox & Friends' co-host Pete Hegseth, Fox News contributor Robert J. O'Neill and former executive producer Jennifer Rauchet at the White House last month.
He is frequent viewer of Fox & Friends, and regularly comments about their pieces on Twitter.
When he wasn't keep up with the news during the holidays, he placed calls to world leaders, offering condolences following the deadly attack on an Egyptian mosque and announced in a call with the president of Turkey that the U.S. would be cutting off its supply of arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria.
The president also spoke with several members of Congress to push his tax reform plan, and held phone calls with members of his Cabinet, said Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman.
But there was also time for play. On each of the five days he was in Florida, Trump visited one of his nearby golf properties, playing Friday with Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Brad Faxon at his course in Jupiter and playing Saturday in West Palm Beach with Nicklaus and Nicklaus' pro-golfer son.
Trump left Florida on Sunday, with his family, and returned to the White House (pictured waving with his wife Melania and son Barron as they board Air Force 1 in Palm Beach, Florida on November 26)
President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron return to the White House in Washington, DC, after the Thanksgiving Holiday?
In a break from past administrations, the Trump White House does not typically disclose when the president is golfing - let alone who he is golfing with - leaving reporters scrambling to comb social media for clues.
Trump and his aides are also deeply sensitive about suggestions that the president is vacationing during the long stretches he spends away from Washington - at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club in the summertime and at Mar-a-Lago during the Palm Beach winter social season.
'Will be having meetings and working the phones from the Winter White House in Florida (Mar-a-Lago),' he tweeted at the start of his trip.
When a reporter traveling with the president sent a report to fellow reporters quoting Walters saying she expected a 'low-key' Wednesday, the pushback was swift.
'A correction to the earlier pool report,' read an update not long after. 'While the White House communications staff expects the press pool to have a 'low-key day,' the president will NOT have a low-key day and has a full schedule of meetings and phone calls. '
Trump later spent nearly five hours at his West Palm Beach golf course.
Trump's election has been both a boon and challenge for the club, whose members have the chance to rub elbows with and influence the president. Club members clamor for dinner reservations on nights they know he'll be in town, and membership fees have increased. But many of the charities and groups that have long held events at the resort have pulled their business, especially amid anger over Trump's response to the white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The president's visits take a financial toll on the area, prompting flight restrictions, police overtime and traffic jams as Trump's motorcade snakes its way back and forth across the bridge that separates exclusive Palm Beach from more down-to-earth West Palm Beach.
Members, by now, are used to the ramped-up security that comes with hobnobbing with the president: Cars are checked for bombs, and signs posted at the entrance advise the prohibition of explosives, weapons and ammunition - along with laser pointers, toy guns and pepper spray.
For Trump, it was all a welcome distraction from the stack of Washington problems and challenges he returned to Sunday night after his five-day retreat.
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