A State Department Website Plugs Mar-a-Lago Resort

Mar-a-Lago U.S. Embassy & Consulates Mar-a Lago state department website Mar-a Lago state department
A page on the U.S. Embassy & Consulates website describes Mar-a-Lago
Author

25 April, 2017

Check out this quote, and remember that this is an article on a taxpayer funded government website, "That opened the way for Trump, a real-estate magnate, to purchase the property in 1985".

In a markedly promotional blog post from April 5 that could eventually benefit the President's bottom line, should it spur membership or foreign visits, the embassy writes that the property has "become well known as the President frequently travels there to work or host foreign leaders".

The article was replaced with a statement that says "the intention of the article was to inform the public about where the President has been hosting world leaders".

Acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Monday he was unaware of the post. "And we know that Mar-a-Lago has benefited from President Trump being elected president", Tapper said on CNN's "The Lead".

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with President Trump (R) as he is accompanied by China's first lady Peng Liyuan during a dinner at the start of a summit between President Trump and President Xi at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on April 6, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

But what it doesn't mention is that Mar-a-Lago is perhaps the most obvious vehicle Trump is using to profit off the presidency.

A glowing description of President Donald Trump's Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago - calling it the "winter White House" - has been posted on two State Department websites, drawing criticism from ethics watchdogs and Democrats.

More news: White Nationalist Richard Spencer's Speech At Auburn Sparks Protests, Arrests

On Twitter, Richard Painter, who served in an ethics role for President George W. Bush, called the State Department post "Use of public office for private gain pure and simple".

The ShareAmerica.gov posting describes the ornate décor of the 114-room mansion, which was built in 1927 by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post.

"Why would these officials choose to put out communications praising Mar-a-Lago when it's so clearly a conflict?" asked John Wonderlich, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, which promotes government transparency.

Following Trump's election to the White House, Mar-a-Lago doubled its membership fee.

"Publishing promotional materials for the President's private business is clearly inappropriate, whether he is using it for official business or not", he said.

In March, congressional Democrats introduced a bill to force disclosure of the names of visitors meeting with Trump and other administration officials at the club and at Trump Tower in NY. Trump used taxpayer resources to promote his private club for the goal of personal enrichment. He turned the home into a lavish country club as well as a residence for himself.


More news


  • Canadian PM responds to Trump's criticism of dairy industry

    Trump also took the opportunity to slam NAFTA, the free trade deal linking the US, Mexico and Canada, calling it a "disaster for our country".
    Unilever sales rise on higher prices

    Unilever sales rise on higher prices

    Unilever's turnover was up 6.1% at EUR13.3bn, including a 2.4 percentage point benefit from exchange rates. The company's shares are up 1.5% as sales rose 2.9% in its first quarter beating a forecast of 2%.
    Vinyl music gives record stores a boost in a digital world

    Vinyl music gives record stores a boost in a digital world

    Bay City's only record store, Electric Kitsch, will open at 10am for Record Store Day , April 22. For instance, the record could only be sold on Record Store Day .
  • Saudi Arabia restores civil service and military allowances

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman meets with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia , April 23, 2017. Minister of Communications Muhammad Al-Suwail has been relieved and Muhammad Al-Sawaha was appointed as new minister.
    Why Kourtney Kardashian got totally naked for her 38th birthday

    Why Kourtney Kardashian got totally naked for her 38th birthday

    In January, ET talked with Khloe about exercising with her siblings, and she admitted that Kourtney has come a long way. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star shared a sexy nude photo with caption 'birthday suit'.
    Tropical Depression Forms in Atlantic, Expected to Dissipate

    Tropical Depression Forms in Atlantic, Expected to Dissipate

    As a result, the strongest winds and rain become closer to the center and, with time, further intensification becomes possible. For comparison, an average season would have 12 named storms including 6 hurricanes, two of which would be major hurricanes.
  • Yogendra bowls googly to Kejriwal before MCD polls

    Yogendra bowls googly to Kejriwal before MCD polls

    Kejriwal said the AAP would certainly respond if and when the poll panel invited it to check the EVMs. Pinarayi is a good human being, Kejriwal said.
    Apple Might Be Preparing to Overhaul the iPhone

    Apple Might Be Preparing to Overhaul the iPhone

    The other two models, however, will not have an OLED screen and likely be iterations to the current iPhone 7 models. Interestingly, Apple might also scrap the iconic home button in favor of on-screen keys à la Samsung Galaxy S8.
    Huge iceberg towers over Canadian town

    Huge iceberg towers over Canadian town

    Adrian Kavanagh, the mayor of Ferryland - a nearby town - told the Canadian Press it was the biggest he'd ever seen in the area. In the waters close to where the Titanic went down in 1912, the icebergs are forcing ships to take precautions.
  • Cards' Wainwright has HR, 4 RBIs in first win of season

    Cards' Wainwright has HR, 4 RBIs in first win of season

    He went 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in three versus the Cardinals last season. "He had a bad night", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 0 Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter and faced two over the minimum, leading Cleveland over host Chicago.
    Canada: 104 men arrested in child prostitution probe

    Canada: 104 men arrested in child prostitution probe

    Police say parents and guardians must monitor children's activities online or they may fall prey to pimps. Thai Truong said undercover officers put ads online to find men looking for sex.

    Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley

    They added that they could not guarantee the safety of Coulter or her audience at the proposed speech. Group members have stressed that they have "no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts".