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Military Jets Train in West Palm Beach to Protect Trump

Military Jets Train in West Palm Beach to Protect Trump
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By    |   Thursday, 15 February 2018 08:27 AM

Military jets trained over West Palm Beach, Florida, Wednesday morning to protect President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago residence, where he is expected to return Friday, WPEC-TV reported.

The training exercises took place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with some jets flying as low as 3,500 feet, officials said, according to the television station. A North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel that the Air Force will be practicing flying out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to intercept planes.

A Tyndall Air Force Base statement said that the training was designed to improve NORAD's intercept and identification operations, according to WPTV. F-15 and Civil Air Patrol C-182 planes participated in the exercises Wednesday.

"We train as we would fight," Michael Kucharek, a NORAD spokesman, told the Sun-Sentinel. "We have the best interest of the nation at heart. We have to create as realistic scenario as we can and that comes in many forms."

The newspaper wrote that in the past, planes enforcing flight restrictions during Trump's visits have been based at Homestead Air Reserve Base. Kucharek told the Sun-Sentinel that basing the jets in Fort Lauderdale will improve response times.

"The public should be reassured this is a precautionary measure to prevent a threat to a national figure and potentially the general public," he told the newspaper. "We want to train as we would fight."

NORAD said fighter jets intercepted 15 planes and Coast Guard helicopters intercepted three aircraft in the president's restricted air space in 2017, the Sun-Sentinel wrote.

Greg Meyer, a spokesman for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, told the newspaper that the airport has not been told of the Air Force's future plans, but added that the mission did not affect commercial flights.

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Military jets trained over West Palm Beach, Florida, Wednesday morning to protect President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago residence, where he is expected to return Friday.
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