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President Donald Trump may visit Melbourne on Saturday

Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan says she was told to stay in town

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MELBOURNE, Fla. – President Donald Trump has tentative plans to visit Melbourne on Saturday as one of his "thank you" rallies, according to local officials.

Details are sketchy, but local officials and GOP representatives are planning on a later afternoon visit by Trump at Orlando Melbourne International Airport, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

"I was told to stay in town," Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan said.

Meehan said she and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey are scheduled to introduce Trump, the nation's 45th president, who was last at the airport in late September, prior to his election.

"Of course, all of this is subject to change," said Meehan, noting Trump's initial visit to Melbourne was scheduled for this Sunday and the day was later changed to Saturday.

"The airport can confirm that it has been contacted for a possible visit by the president this weekend, possibly Saturday," said Lori Booker, a spokeswoman for Orlando Melbourne International.

The airport is working with the White House on the logistics of Trump's visit and more details in the next couple of days.

On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued "VIP Temporary Flight Restrictions" for Saturday, imposing special restrictions on aircraft operating with 30 miles of the Melbourne airport.

Trump, who won Florida's electoral college vote in the election, assumed office Jan. 20. Almost immediately, his selections for key cabinet positions and an executive order on travel restrictions involving residents coming from a handful of mostly Muslim countries have drawn debate and controversy throughout the country.