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Trump not allowed to use personal helicopter

President’s two Sikorsky S-76 choppers are no-go due to Secret Service security rules

A personal helicopter of President Donald Trump sits on the helipad at Mar-a-Lago, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Palm Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A personal helicopter of President Donald Trump sits on the helipad at Mar-a-Lago, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Palm Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

PALM BEACH, Florida — US President Donald Trump can only look at the personal helicopter parked on the front lawn of his Mar-a-Lago resort. As far as going for a ride in it, he’s grounded.

The Secret Service says standard security protocol requires the president to fly on either Air Force One, a jumbo jet, or Marine One, a helicopter. The agency says Trump was never on the helicopter.

It’s hard to miss: The Sikorsky S-76 carries Trump’s name in bold red print on the tail and step, and his personal family seal. The billionaire-turned-president owns two.

The helicopter appeared Sunday on the newly paved helipad of Mar-a-Lago, then left a few hours later. The White House didn’t respond to questions about the reason the helicopter was there.

US President Donald Trump addresses the Women's Empowerment Panel in the East Room of the White House on March 29, 2017. (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm)
US President Donald Trump addresses the Women’s Empowerment Panel in the East Room of the White House on March 29, 2017. (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm)
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