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Trump returns to NJ this weekend; expected to attend President Cup

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BEDMINSTER -

President Donald Trump will return to New Jersey this weekend and is expected to make an appearance at the Presidents Cup taking place in Jersey City.

Trump will arrive around 4:30 p.m. Friday. He will spend the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster. Temporary flight restrictions have been issued for Morristown, Bedminster and Jersey City. 

The Golf Channel reported that the president is expected to be in Jersey City Sunday for the final day of the Presidents Cup at the Liberty National Golf Club.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan told the Associated Press that Trump’s people have been out to the course to take a “good, hard look at the property” and are working closely with the tournament’s security side.

It would be the first time a sitting president has attended the event since Bill Clinton was at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia in 2000.

“We hope he comes and he’ll be welcomed by us and by our players,” Monahan told the AP.

The Presidents Cup, matches between Americans and players from every other continent except Europe, began in 1994 and since 1998 has invited sitting heads of state from the host country as honorary chairman. Trump accepted his invitation, his first active role with the PGA Tour since a World Golf Championship moved away from Trump National Doral in Florida during the presidential campaign.

Three former presidents - Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton - attended the Presidents Cup on Thursday. It was the first time ever that three former presidents were at the event together. Obama, Bush and Clinton all served as honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup while in office.

The Associated Press news wire service contributed to this report.

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