US President Donald Trump has made a surprise appearance at a wedding at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey this weekend.
He was greeted by guests with cheers and chants of “USA! USA! USA!”
Videos and images posted to social media showed Trump kissing the bride’s cheek, posing for photos with the bride and groom, and autographing ‘Make America Great Again’ hats.
“Everyone obviously got very excited, got out of their chairs and came to take pictures,” one guest told the Washington Post.
“The bride came running out, and he gave her a big hug and a kiss, so she was just ecstatic.”
President Trump regularly spends weekends away from Washington at his various hotels, clubs and golf courses.
Critics have accused the president of promoting his properties and wasting taxpayer money on his frequent trips out of Washington, with millions spent on extra security at each venue.
At one point, the New Jersey club had advertised that if the president was at the venue, he would likely drop in to say hello at weddings – a statement which has since been removed from advertising materials.
Trump poses with the elated bride.Laura Piatkowski / Instagram
On Sunday Trump hosted an $800,000 fundraiser for Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur at the New Jersey resort.
The lawmaker had floated a key ‘Trumpcare’ proposal credited with gathering enough votes in the House to pass legislation to repeal and replace elements of ‘Obamacare’.
At the wedding the happy couple posed for photos with the president free of charge – a night later, fundraiser attendees were asked to contribute $100,000 for the privilege.
– with CNN