TRUMP ‘A WEL­COME BOOST’ IN BED­MIN­STER

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

The news me­dia’s lat­est nar­ra­tive against Pres­i­dent Trump now sug­gests Mr. Trump’s big­gest fans are weary, peeved or un­sure about the man they elected. These sto­ries cite se­lect polls which in­di­cate that sup­port for Mr. Trump has dropped by such-and-such per­cent­age points and that fer­vor has faded — or words to that ef­fect.

This week in par­tic­u­lar, news or­ga­ni­za­tions are push­ing the idea that the lo­cals in New Jersey are in tur­moil over the pres­i­dent’s ex­tended stay in scenic Bed­min­ster while the White House un­der­goes some ren­o­va­tion.

In­creased se­cu­rity and traf­fic is a given when a pres­i­dent takes up tem­po­rary res­i­dence in, say, Martha’s Vine­yard, sum­mer home for former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, or Craw­ford, Texas — the warm-weather fa­vorite of former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush.

In­deed, Reuters re­ports that mil­i­tary he­li­copters re­cently have hov­ered over ver­dant Bed­min­ster, to the alarm of graz­ing sheep be­low. A res­i­dent artist was dis­turbed by a “su­per creepy” teth­ered drone over­head, equipped with in­frared cam­eras to mon­i­tor the com­ings and go­ings in the vicin­ity.

News from out in Trump coun­try isn’t al­ways neg­a­tive, how­ever. “Not ev­ery­one in this town about 40 miles west of New York City agrees Trump’s visit will be a nui­sance. Steve Desiderio, who owns a restau­rant and cater­ing busi­ness in Bed­min­ster’s mod­est down­town, said the in­flux of fed­eral agents and jour­nal­ists would be a wel­come boost to his busi­ness,” Reuters noted.

“Desiderio, a 48-year-old Trump sup­porter, added that com­plaints about the dis­rup­tion were overblown and me­dia-driven,” the re­port said.

“It’s just fake news,” Mr. Desiderio told Reuters. “They try to spin it like it’s gridlock. So there are five more cars at the stop­light?”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Trump’s stay in Bed­min­ster, New Jersey, though groused about by lo­cals, is earn­ing some praise from at least one lo­cal.

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