Donald Trump Is Using The State Department And Its Website To Promote Mar-A-Lago


Since his election, Donald Trump’s “Winter White House,” as he likes to refer to his resort estate Mar-a-Lago, has upped it’s initiation dues to $200,000, doubling what it was when Trump was a private citizen. While this plus Trump’s frequent weekend vacations there have sparked concerns of a conflict of interest, what is showing up on several government websites should pretty much nail it once and for all.

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Earlier today, Hillary Clinton’s National Spokesman, Josh Scherwin, took to Twitter to sound the alarm bells and posted a series of tweets regarding what appears to be a full page ad on the U.S. Embassy in the UK’s website, and asks for a full on investigation.

He then points out what should concern all Americans:

The government website Schwerin refers to is ShareAmerica.gov, which belongs to the U.S. Department of State. The ad they recently published reads:

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.

But the problem with that is that Mar-a-Lago’s “original owner and designer” didn’t intend for her estate to be owned by a private citizen or even a corporation after her death. Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heiress to the Post Cereal fortune, willed Mar-a-Lago to the U.S. Government with the intention of it being used by future presidents as a “Winter White House” to entertain foreign dignitaries, but she didn’t intend for a profit to be made to fill these said presidents’ own coffers, which is exactly what is happening with our current criminal-in-chief.

It’s bad enough that Trump is using millions a month in taxpayer money to go on his little jaunts to Mar-a-Lago every weekend, but now the State Department is using additional funds to advertise the resort? This doesn’t seem at all fair, or LEGAL for that matter.

As Schwerin put it in one of his tweets, “@StateOIG” (The Office of the Inspector General) “better investigate this ASAP.”


Featured image via Getty/Gustavo Caballero

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