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Sen. Ron Wyden Blasts State Dept Website Promoting Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort At Tax Payers’ Expense

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Sen. Ron Wyden Blasts State Dept Website Promoting Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort At Tax Payers’ Expense

The official website of The State Department’s embassy and consulates in the United Kingdom published a blog post on April 5 detailing the history of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, a.k.a Trump’s “Winter White House.”

The blog notes that the founder, Marjorie Merriweather Post, “spared no expense” when constructing the resort in 1927 and willed the estate to the U.S. government in 1973. The blog post also claims that Marjorie intended the resort to be used by U.S. presidents to “entertain visiting foreign dignitaries.”

Here is an excerpt from the State Department post promoting Trump’s private resort:

Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s Florida estate, has become well known as the president frequently travels there to work or host foreign leaders.

The first meeting between Trump and President Xi Jinping of China will take place April 6–7 at Mar-a-Lago, which is located at the heart of Florida’s Palm Beach community.

Trump is not the first president to have access to Mar-a-Lago as a Florida retreat, but he is the first one to use it. By visiting this “winter White House,” Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream of Mar-a-Lago’s original owner and designer.

When socialite and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post built Mar-a-Lago — Spanish for “Sea to Lake” — in 1927, she spared no expense. The 114-room mansion sits on 8 hectares of land, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and an inland waterway on the other.

Upon her death in 1973, she willed the estate to the U.S. government, intending it to be used as a winter White House for the U.S. president to entertain visiting foreign dignitaries.




The Hill adds:

The history was originally posted on ShareAmerica, described as State’s “platform for sharing compelling stories and images that spark discussion and debate on important topics like democracy, freedom of expression, innovation, entrepreneurship, education, and the role of civil society.”

The web page does not make clear, however, that the federal government returned the resort to Post’s estate or that Trump purchased the resort in 1985. Trump’s critics have raised questions since his inauguration about conflicts of interest that could benefit his business holdings while he’s in office.

The Hill also notes that the Mar-a-Lago initiation fee has doubled to $200,000 following Trump’s election.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) tweeted at the State Department on Monday, asking, “Why are taxpayer $$ promoting the President’s private country club?”

Trump has spent seven of the past 13 weekends at his Florida resort.

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