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US fighter jet intercepts plane near Trump’s NJ golf resort while he was there

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, from the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing, dismounts after refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker, from the 161st Air Refueling Wing, April 8, 2015, near Tucson, Arizona. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri/Released)
July 23, 2018

On Saturday, a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet escorted a small general aviation plane from the skies near President Trump’s Bedminster, N.J. golf resort where he was spending the weekend.

The plane entered the temporarily restricted area “without proper clearances or communications,” but once the plane was rerouted and landed, it was deemed to not be a threat, the Washington Examiner reported.

The plane had entered a “no-fly” zone, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

The plane landed without incident, and the pilot was met by law enforcement officials.

“As is standard practice in such cases, U.S. military aircraft (single F-16) intercepted the violator and escorted them from restricted airspace. The aircraft was met upon landing at Sky Manor Airport in Pittstown, N.J., and the pilot interviewed by law enforcement and deemed a non-threat,” Walters said.

Trump arrived in New Jersey on Friday and left on Sunday morning.