On Friday evening, Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, had dinner on the patio at Mar-a-Lago with their son, Barron, and Mrs. Trump’s parents.
On Sunday, the president played golf with three political allies from South Carolina: Senator Lindsey Graham, former Representative Trey Gowdy, and Mick Mulvaney, another former representative now serving as the acting White House chief of staff.
Early in the day, Mr. Trump broke his Twitter silence, posting, in quick succession, “Good Morning, Have a Great Day!” and “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” — which could be read as expressions of either hope or growing confidence.
At 3 p.m., Mr. Barr’s chief of staff, Brian Rabbitt, called one of the White House lawyers, Emmett T. Flood, and read him the letter that Mr. Barr planned to send to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees.
In an unusual staffing decision, Mr. Flood and the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, accompanied Mr. Trump to Florida for the weekend. They were in constant contact with him about the status of Mr. Barr’s deliberations.
Mr. Cipollone and Mr. Flood then briefed Mr. Trump about Mr. Barr’s letter as he was preparing to leave Mar-a-Lago for the airport. “This is very good,” he said, according to Hogan Gidley, the deputy press secretary.
The White House does not yet have access to the full Mueller report, Mr. Gidley said, and it was not clear when, or even if, the president would get complete access.