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Donald Trump to visit MacDill AFB Monday

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Donald Trump will make his first visit to MacDill Air Force Base as President Monday.

The president is spending the weekend at his luxury resort in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach this weekend, leaving Washington Friday night and staying through Monday morning.

MacDill is home to the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) and the United States Operations Command (SOCOM), often referred to as the nerve and muscle center of the war on terror.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced it Friday.

The President’s visit comes just days after a U.S. raid in Yemen on al-Qaida that left one Navy SEAL dead, along with an unspecified number of civilians. There have also been reports of civilian casualties, ranging from 16 to 30.

U.S. Central Command has acknowledged that civilian deaths were likely and said it is continuing to investigate.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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