*From:* Michael Mathes [mailto:xxx@afp.com]
*Sent:* Saturday, April 15, 2017 2:18 PM
*Subject:* WH pool report 2

DonaldTrump has left the golf club and returned to Mar-a-Lago. Hundreds of protesters marched on the road demanding the president release his tax returns. More on that later.

Your pooler has yet to see POTUS or anyone in his inner circle today.

A vehicle known as the "Trump mobile," complete with abundant chrome trim, stars and stripes, a Trump puppet above the windshield, and signs saying "Make America Great Again" and "Trump Pence," exited the golf club at 1:10pm. No word on whether the owner or driver met with Trump.

The motorcade drove out of the Trump Int'l Golf Club at 1:29 pm.

As motorcade took the long loop of Australian Avenue around Palm Beach International, a parked Air Force One was clearly visible in a far corner of the airport.

After a drive along the sparkling beach we arrived at Mar-a-Lago at 1:50 pm, when your pool vans peeled away from the POTUS motorcade and headed back to our hotel.


Just a minute after splitting from POTUS, we encountered hundreds of protesters who, on US tax day, were demanding that the president release his tax returns.

"Pay your taxes!" several people yelled as they marched toward Mar-a-Lago.

"This is what democracy looks like," some chanted, including a handful of women wearing "pussy hats" made famous during the anti-Trump protests after his inauguration.


A man held up a sign that read "Just say Nyet!"

Others read "Show Me the Money," and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Czar, Putin Put You Where You Are."

One young girl among the marchers held a small sign that read "Trump is a tax e-VADER." It showed an image of Darth Vader wearing a blonde hair piece.


Handfuls of Trump supporters waving Trump flags offered counter protests. From your pooler's limited vantage point in a moving van, it looked peaceful.

Return to press hotel at 2:08. And with that, a lunch lid has been called until 5:30 pm today when there might be more information about evening activities.

Michael Mathes

Agence France-Presse

Mobile: 202-xxx-xxxx

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