Donald Trump departs Mar-a-Lago for New York ahead of arraignment in court


Ex-President Donald Trump’s motorcade made its way from his Mar-a-Lago home to a Palm Beach airport on Monday afternoon (Picture: Reuters/WPTV)

Former President Donald Trump was seen departing his Mar-a-Lago home to fly to New York ahead of his arraignment on criminal charges expected on Tuesday.

Trump’s motorcade drove past the gate of his resort en route to an airport in Palm Beach, Florida, shortly after noon on Monday. About six black cars were seen driving out of the resort as well as continuing on a road.

The ex-president is expected to land in LaGuardia Airport in Queens around 3pm, a source with knowledge on his travel plans told CNN.

Trump on Sunday night wrote on his Truth Social platform: ‘I will be leaving Mar-a-Lago on Monday at 12 noon, heading to Trump Tower in New York.’

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He added: ‘On Tuesday morning I will be going to, believe it or not, the Courthouse. America was not supposed to be this way!’

Trump is expected to surrender to law enforcement in lower Manhattan early this week. He will be the first ex-president in US history to face criminal charges.

Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina said he did not know how Tuesday could unfold.

‘This is unprecedented. I don’t know. I’ve done a million arraignments in that courthouse with celebrities and whatnot. But this is a whole different thing. We have Secret Service involved,’ Tacopina told ABC News’ This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos.

‘I understand they’re closing the courthouse for the afternoon. I just don’t know what to expect to see.’

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