FAA imposes August flight restriction in New Jersey town where Trump owns golf club

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
FAA flight restrictions in Bedminster
The FAA will restrict flights next month in Bedminster, where President Trump owns a golf club.

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (WABC) -- President Trump might be spending a lot of time in New Jersey next month.

The Federal Aviation Administration has imposed a temporary flight restriction around Bedminster, from Aug. 3 - 20.

The president owns a golf club there.

These types of restrictions have been the precursor to his previous trips to the area.

It is not unusual for presidents to leave the nation's capitol in August.

President Obama used to vacation at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Bedminster has also received a designation by the Secret Service so it can be reimbursed by the federal government for security costs.

New Jersey Republican Rep. Leonard Lance announced Wednesday the town has been designated a priority for presidential protection.

The government has made $41 million available to cover costs incurred between Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration and Oct. 1. Trump's residences in New York and Florida have similar designations.

A separate $20 million fund was made available for the period between the election and inauguration.

The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Wednesday it has requested copies of records of Trump's visitors when the Republican has been at his Bedminster residence, which is on the golf course grounds.

CREW recently was successful in seeking visitor records from Trump's visits to his Florida resort. Last week a judge ruled those records must be released by Sept. 8.

Bedminster, a town of roughly 9,000 residents about 40 miles from New York, has a 16-member police force. It spent about $9,000 in police overtime combined for two trips by Trump in May and June, according to information provided to The Associated Press in response to a public records request.

Last weekend, Trump was in Bedminster at his golf course to attend the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament. The event drew protesters outside the course grounds - and a few who made their way inside - who criticized the U.S. Golf Association for not moving the event from Trump National after lewd comments Trump made about women came to light during the election campaign.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)