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Trump signs tax reform bill before jetting to Florida for Christmas

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Sara Shayanian
President Donald Trump displays his signature after signing the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill, stacked on his desk, in the Oval Office on Friday prior to his departure to Mar-a-Lago, Florida for the holidays. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
President Donald Trump displays his signature after signing the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill, stacked on his desk, in the Oval Office on Friday prior to his departure to Mar-a-Lago, Florida for the holidays. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 22 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump signed his first legislative achievement before leaving to spend Christmas and the New Year in South Florida at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Before he left the White House for vacation, Trump signed the tax reform bill passed by Congress Wednesday.

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"We are cutting taxes," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office before signing the legislation. "We are taking care of people."

Trump praised Congress for passing tax reform on Wednesday.

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"It's always a lot of fun when you win," Trump said. "It's really -- it's simple. When you think you haven't heard this express -- we are making America great again."

Trump will arrive in Palm Beach County on Friday afternoon -- and will meet up with first lady Melania Trump and 11-year-old son Barron at what the president calls the "Winter White House."

In Florida, Trump will host a New Year's Eve party at his resort -- which will be more expensive this year. The ticket price for dues-paying members was raised to $600, while guests will have to pay $750.

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In 2016, tickets sold for $525 and $575, respectively.

The ritzy event will be held at the Donald J. Trump ballroom and provide a red-carpet entrance, a multi-course meal and an opportunity to meet celebrities.

Entertainment for the event will include a cover-band, Party on the Moon, who performed at several other Mar-a-Lago events.

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"I've been to a lot of black tie events. This was a different feeling," Lynn Aronberg, the owner of a Palm Beach public relations firm and a guest at last year's event, said. "It was the best event I've ever been to."

Bobby Burchfield, the Trump Organization's outside ethics adviser, said the ticket price-hike wasn't a problem.

"I personally don't see any issues that are raised," Burchfield told Politico. "It's not a campaign event. It's a normal business New Year's Eve party."

"In this economy, we're seeing prices for a lot of things go up."

Since Trump's presidency began, initiation fees at Mar-a-Lago doubled to $200,000. This season, annual dues also increased $1,000, to $15,000.

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