Trump Caught Offering Air Force One Tours As Part Of Mar-A-Lago Membership: Report
Being a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, might come with a few additional perks — including tours of Air Force One, according to a new report.
Members of Trump’s Florida clubs were invited on Air Force One last year, based on invitations and verified through a Freedom of Information Act request. Two tours were scheduled last year on February 18, 2017, according to Buzzfeed News:
From the report:
“At least 14 people were scheduled to take those two tours. Although the names of the individuals are redacted, partially unredacted email addresses show eight of those people were affiliated with Arrigo Automotive Group, a family-owned car dealership in the West Palm Beach area.
The leadership of the company — Joe Arrigo and his sons, Jim and John Arrigo, and their wives — have been members of both Mar-a-Lago and Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. Membership records from 2007 obtained by BuzzFeed News list the family as members of both the clubs and specify that Jim Arrigo had been a member of the Trump International Golf Club since 1999, the year it opened.”
The White House told Buzzfeed that “it is common for friends/family of the President to receive tours of Air Force One.”
And that is true. The problem is, of course, that the guests who were asked to attend are members of Trump’s clubs — which means they’re paying thousands as members, making it abundantly clear that Trump is profiting from his presidency.
Mar-A-Lago reportedly doubled its initiation fees to $200,000 shortly after Trump became president, and has charged more for tickets to events — including the most recent New Year’s Eve bash. The Buzzfeed report suggests that those higher prices to be a member are coming with even more exclusive benefits.