PALM BEACH, Fla. — With the U.S. Embassy in Iraq under attack, President Donald Trump has thus far eschewed the typical laid-back New Year’s Eve optics.

He didn’t golf, instead holding a meeting about the Middle East at his own golf club rather than hitting the links. His Twitter feed has offered thoughts about the volatile situation throughout the day, sandwiched between the normal grumbling about Democrats. He spoke with the prime minister of Iraq about protecting the U.S. diplomats and other embassy staffers huddled in a safe room in Baghdad.

But if past New Year’s Eves at the president’s Mar-a-Lago property are any guide, the president could make an appearance Tuesday night at the luxury resort’s annual black-tie New Year’s Eve gala, a $1,000-a-head event that starts with cocktails by the main pool before moving to a decadent dinner in the estate’s massive ballroom. In the past, the shindig has attracted celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Rod Stewart, Serena Williams, Martha Stewart and Robert Kraft.

The president started his day at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, where Trump often plays golf when he stays at his luxury Mar-a-Lago resort. Instead of playing 18 holes of golf, though, Trump left the club after roughly 45 minutes, potentially mindful of the image of golfing as the diplomatic compound in Baghdad was surrounded. The State Department has said that while the protesters forced their way into the embassy compound, there had been no “breach” of the facility itself.

On Twitter, Trump said he had met at the golf club to discuss the Middle East, the U.S. military and trade. The White House didn’t respond to requests about whom Trump had met with or why they met at the golf club rather than Mar-a-Lago.…

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