Donald Trump’s surrender in pictures: Planes, limos and barricades as ex-president gears up for arrest

Every moment of Donald Trump’s journey from his Florida private club to a Manhattan courthouse has been carefully choreographed for maximum publicity.

Wednesday 05 April 2023 11:36 BST
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Donald Trump waves to crowds as he arrives at New York court ahead of arraignment

The cameras shuttered at the first glimpse of Donald Trump’s black SUV departing from his gated private club around midday on Monday.

Cable news networks and local television cleared their schedules to bring rolling coverage as Mr Trump’s motorcade made its way to Palm Beach International Airport, before Trump Force One departed bound for New York, where the ex-president is due to be arraigned in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday.

The journey from ex-president to formally accused criminal defendant has once again thrust the former president into the global spotlight he craves. The Trump Show is back.

Trump leaves Mar-a-Lago

On Monday 3 April, the former president’s motorcade departed his gated Palm Beach club Mar-a-Lago just after midday ET.

A crowd of a few hundred supporters stationed along the route to Palm Beach International Airport waved Trump 2024 flags and placards saying: “God Bless Donald Trump”.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump wave signs and flags during a rally on Monday, April 3, 2023, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Eric Trump was spotted filming the well-wishers from the back of a black SUV. Also accompanying Mr Trump was campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung, longtime communications aide Jason Miller, former White House aide Dan Scavino and Boris Epshteyn,the New York Times reported.

However, Mr Trump’s wife Melania did not join the entourage.

Well-wishers lining the route told the Palm Beach Times that the timing of Mr Trump’s arraignment during Holy Week was a biblical sign.

Donald Trump waves as he boards his plane at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida bound for his arraignment in New York.

Mr Trump had claimed that his indictment would unleash “death and destruction” from the MAGA faithful, but the mood along Southern Boulevard in Palm Beach was peaceful, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Mr Trump’s Boeing 757 with his name embossed in gold letters on the side took off around 1pm ET, landing around two and a half hours later at New York’s La Guardia Airport.

Donald Trump exits his 757 at New York’s La Guardia Airport and is met by Secret Service agents.

Arrival in New York

Mr Trump was met on the tarmac by dozens of Secret Service agents in limousines, CBS News reported. He was then driven to Trump Towers — his high-rise apartment building in central Manhattan.

Throughout Monday, reporters, supporters and protesters had gathered on 5th Avenue in anticipation of the former president’s arrival.

In a twist on Donald Trump’s old 2016 campaign slogan, protesters outside Trump Towers called for the ex-president to be locked up on Monday

While the New York Times wrote that the city of Mr Trump’s birth was “anxious” and “bracing” for his arrest, the mood on the ground told a different story.

The Independent’s Richard Hall joined the throng and wrote that only a small crowd of Mr Trump’s supporters had shown up to protest including the Naked Cowboy, who would normally be performing for tourists at Times Square.

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