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Friday, February 3, 2023

President Trump on Thanksgiving break gets a look at Villagers for Trump program

The vice president of Villagers for Trump got quite a thrill Wednesday when he paid a visit to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

Villager Jim Volpe, who is quite active in the growing group and is rarely seen without his “Make America Great Again” hat, took the program from the club’s Oct. 29 Trump Day Dinner with him when he went to South Florida. Volpe was visiting a friend who has known the president for 20 years and is a member of both the Trump International Golf Club and Mar-a-Lago, which Trump often refers to as his “Winter White House.”

Villagers for Trump Vice President Jim Volpe visited with President Trump on Wednesday at Trump International Golf Club. Volpe gave the president a program from the Oct. 29 Trump Day Dinner that was held at Eisenhower Recreation Center.

Before lunch started, Volpe said, an employee of the club took the Trump Day Dinner program and put it on the seat where the president was going to sit at the completion of his round of golf. Trump is in South Florida for the Thanksgiving weekend.

“Jack Nicklaus passed my table and patted me on the back and said, ‘Nice hat,’” Volpe said of the legendary golfer who was playing a round with Trump on Wednesday. “Five minutes later, President Trump passed my table and commented, ‘Nice hat.’”

Volpe said Trump then sat down at his table and immediately started reviewing the Trump Day Dinner program. And when his friend saw what was happening, he took Volpe over to the president’s table and introduced him.

“President Trump immediately thanked me and Villagers For Trump for their support,” Volpe said. “He loved the program.”

To his surprise, Villagers for Trump Vice President Jim Volpe says, President Trump asked him what he thought about the rally he held with Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis on July 31. Volpe’s immediate response was: ‘You won the election for Ron DeSantis.’

To his surprise, Volpe added, the president asked him his opinion regarding the rally he held in Tampa with Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis on July 31. That event, which was heavily attended by area residents, took place on the night after DeSantis held a rally at a Villagers for Trump meeting in The Villages at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center.

“I immediately answered, “You won the election for Ron DeSantis,’” Volpe said of the former congressman, who carried an endorsement from Trump throughout his tight race against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who was endorsed by former President Obama, notorious trial attorney John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan and “Blacklist” actress Megan Boone, who is the granddaughter of late Villages Developer Gary Morse and the daughter of Villages Vice President of Sales Jennifer Parr.

Villagers for Trump Vice President Jim Volpe, center, joins fellow leaders Sue Cianci, left, and Denise Neal as they prepare for an August golf cart rally through Lake Sumter Landing and Spanish Springs Town Square.

Volpe said he also told Trump about all the thumbs up he gets while wearing his Make America Great Again hat in Florida and Washington, D.C.

“He enjoyed hearing that,” Volpe said. “And he again thanked Villagers for Trump for their support.”

Throughout the recent midterm elections, Villagers for Trump, which started a year ago with about 300 members and now boasts more than 1,000, supported every candidate the president endorsed. They did so through a variety of ways, which included:

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