Official State Department website is promoting Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort

Your tax dollars are currently being used to promote President Trump’s personal property — namely, his opulent Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

In an article on share.america.gov, author Leigh Hartman praised the private Trump resort, which upped its new membership cost to $200,000 after Donald Trump was officially inaugurated as President of the United States, as the “Winter White House.” Trump has used that same descriptor for his flagship golf resort where he has spent almost every weekend since becoming president, to the tune of more than $3 million for each trip, paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

Hartman noted about how Marjorie Merriweather Post, the original designer of the mansion, had designated it for use by sitting U.S. presidents to entertain foreign dignitaries, although, ironically, she also mentioned that the property was seen as too costly for taxpayers to maintain four decades ago.

“Presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter never used the property,” Hartman noted. “And in 1981 the government returned the estate to the Post Foundation because it was costing too much money to maintain.”

However, while Mar-a-Lago is on the National Register of Historic Places, one excerpt from the ShareAmerica piece reads more like PR brochure and less like an informational article:

After refurbishing the house and adding an events space, [then real estate tycoon] Trump opened the estate to dues-paying members of the public in 1995 as the Mar-a-Lago Club.

Post’s dream of a winter White House came true with Trump’s election in 2016. Trump regularly works out of the house he maintains at Mar-a-Lago and uses the club to host foreign dignitaries. (In February, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, visited.)

As Rick Rose, a local Palm Beach historian, told USA Today, “[Post] finally got what she wanted.”

ShareAmerica describes itself as “the U.S. Department of 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.” As of this writing, the State Department has not yet commented about the apparent use of taxpayer dollars to promote one of the president’s private real estate ventures.

 

Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.