Eight years ago, President Barack Obama took his family to St. John’s Episcopal Church to celebrate Easter at the church nicknamed the “Church of the Presidents,” located across the street from the White House.
President Donald Trump celebrated Easter Sunday his own way — at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, the Palm Beach church where he was married to Melania Trump in 2005.
Trump was accompanied by all of his family members who don’t work in the West Wing — his daughter Tiffany, his son Barron, and the two sons who are running the Trump Organization, Don Jr., and Eric Trump, as well as the First Lady and her parents, a spokeswoman said.
It appears to be Trump’s first visit to church since his inauguration.
Obama before him was also only an occasional churchgoer during his eight years in office, making stops at African-American churches around Washington, D.C. but never joining a congregation of his own.
Trump was expected to spend the rest of Easter Sunday at Mar-a-Lago, participating in the private club’s annual brunch and Easter egg hunt.
Trump has been at his Palm Beach club since departing Washington on Thursday, the first trip he has made to Mar-a-Lago without any of his top West Wing advisers in attendance. On Friday, he spent his afternoon golfing at the Trump International Golf Club.
Trump’s weekend off comes against the backdrop of a failed missile launch by North Korea Saturday night, a stunted attempt at a show of strength amid rising tensions — as well as questions swirling about the future of Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, the one aide in the president’s orbit who has sought to frame “Trumpism” as a coherent philosophy.
Missing from the Easter family gathering were Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the president’s two top aides in the White House, who were spending Passover at the Four Seasons Whistler resort in Canada. It was their second ski trip in the past month.
Before services, Trump spent Easter morning on his Twitter feed, where he appeared to be down the rabbit hole again, obsessing about his come-from-behind Election Day win.
“I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?” he tweeted Sunday morning. “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!”
He also defended his flip flop on his decision not to label China a currency manipulator. “Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?” he tweeted. “We will see what happens!”