Ever wonder why Donald Trump spends so much taxpayer money on taking weekend trips to Florida to visit his Mar-a-Lago resort?
Well, the official website of the State Department’s embassy and consulates in the United Kingdom featured a blog that takes us more in depth of the history of Trump’s “Winter White House.”
The blog gave details of the history of the Florida resort, stating that founder Marjorie Merriweather willed the estate to the U.S. government in 1927. Merriweather stated that the she intended the resort to be used by U.S. presidents to “entertain visiting foreign dignitaries.”
The history of the resort 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.”
But is Trump actually fulfilling the original owner’s idea of what Mar-a-Lago was intended for? The answer is obvious, of course he’s not.
The president has spent seven of the past 13 weekends at his Florida resort. And ever since becoming president, Trump raised the Mar-a-Lago initiation fee from $100,000 to $200,000.
Trump’s constant trip has sparked a lot of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. Critics have raised questions since his inauguration about conflicts of interest that could benefit his business holdings while he’s in office.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) tweeted at the State Department on Monday, asking, “Why are taxpayer $$ promoting the President’s private country club?”
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) April 24, 2017