When Donald Tarca Jr. set out to wave his banner to the Donald Trump’s motorcade, he had no idea he’d soon be shaking the president’s hand.
Tarca, of , was one of about 16 South Florida residents who Trump personally invited to his Mar-a-Lago home for a tour and photo op Saturday. “It was surreal,” Tarca said. “He did make us regular people feel pretty darn special for a day.”
Tarca is part of a group that calls itself the “Trump Squad” — when Trump comes to town, the squad sets up on the Southern Boulevard bridge with signs and banners to show their support.
After the president returned from a golf outing Saturday, he passed the group again. But this time, showed up to invite some of the supporters back to the president’s Winter White House.
For nearly two hours, the group toured the Trump’s Palm Beach home, ate appetizers and took photos with the president.
“Talking with him was like talking with an old uncle you knew forever,” Tarca said.
The tour was among the highlights this holiday weekend that Trump spent in Palm Beach County. The president has been staying at his Mar-A-Lago residence since Dec. 22, and is expected to return to Washington on Monday evening.
On Sunday night, at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump also met Florida Gov. for lunch on the last day of 2017, where they both looked forward to working together in the new year, a Trump spokeswoman said.
The two talked Sunday about ongoing hurricane recovery efforts and the need to improve the country’s aging infrastructure, according to White House spokeswoman Helen Ferre. Trump also spoke of the tax bill he signed into law before the Christmas holiday, Ferre said.
Scott and Trump have long been friends. In September, Trump also said he hoped Scott would .
Scott hasn’t said if he’ll run, but political observers say it’s likely he’ll run against incumbent Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson.
Polls ahead of the 2018 Senate race in Florida show that the two are.
Earlier in the day Sunday, he was briefed on security measures that were undertaken by federal, state and local authorities to protect the public during New Year’s Eve festivities, Ferre said.
Also, in a series of tweets Sunday, Trump expressed support for the Iran protests, bashed the Democrats, expressed his condolences over the killing of one deputy and injuring of four others near Denver, and posted a video recapping his first year in office.