By Alex Myers
It looks like President Trump will attend this week’s U.S. Women’s Open. A report in the Palm Beach Post highlights a new notice to pilots posted by the Federal Aviation Administration that lists travel plans to Bedminster-Morristown, N.J. for Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16.
The U.S. Women’s Open is being held at Trump National Golf Club (Bedminster) for the first time. It’s not surprising that Trump would want to be on hand for one of his prized course’s first crack at hosting a major championship. The course is also slated to be the site of the 2022 PGA Championship.
Although the FAA notice doesn’t mention the President specifically, the Palm Beach Post notes it’s similar to previous notices regarding his travel. These types of alerts are sent out to notify pilots that air flight may be restricted in those areas, and can be altered or cancelled.
Trump Bedminster has also been in the news a couple times recently for things other than the U.S. Women’s Open. The President has used it as a site for weekend meetings, and there was a video of the President driving a golf cart on one of its greens that went viral.
In May, Trump was expected to attend the final round of the Senior PGA Championship at his Trump National D.C. course, but changed his plans at the last minute.
“We were notified of the TFR (temporary flight restrictions) this morning but unfortunately we have no knowledge of the president’s schedule,” USGA spokesperson Janeen Driscoll told the Palm Beach Post.
“We have a security plan in place, as we do for all of our championships,” Driscoll added. “Our focus remains on conducting the ultimate test of golf for the best female players in the world.”
Last week, Brittany Lincicome told the Chicago Tribune she wished the President wouldn’t make an appearance during the tournament.
“Hopefully maybe he doesn’t show up and it won’t be a big debacle and it will be about us and not him,” Lincicome said. “I don’t know him. I have met him probably once. I think it will be fine. We’re going to play an amazing golf course and let our clubs do the talking.”
The USGA also hopes the focus is on golf and not politics during the tournament. President Trump being on hand, though, might make that a little trickier.