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A State Department Website Plugs Mar-a-Lago Resort

A State Department Website Plugs Mar-a-Lago Resort”

The article included photos of the lavish property and a January tweet from Trump referring to the estate as the winter White House.

The State Department published an article praising President Trump's visits to Mar-a-Lago and detailing its history.

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Mark Toner, acting spokesman for the State Department, declined to comment on Monday, saying he hadn't seen the posting. "By visiting this 'winter White House, ' Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream of Mar-a-Lago's original owner and designer", the post says. But it seems like the State Department does, too - and State Department promotion of the private resort would appear to be a flagrant violation of US law prohibiting the use of a public office for private gain, specifically the appearance of government sanction or endorsement. Ron Wyden (D-OR) wrote on Twitter, as he said he would like to know more about why Mar-a-Lago is getting publicity from the U.S. Government on Facebook, the website of the U.S. Embassy in London, and more.

Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump's personal, privately-owned estate, members-only club, spa, and golf course, is now being promoted by the U.S. Dept.

However, the President's critics and government ethics experts have slammed the use of the state department website for such publicity.

Ethics watchdogs and Democratic groups have been closely eyeing Trump's ability to benefit his bottom line through the presidency and this blog post has some questioning whether the government is now helping publicize the property.

Post willed the estate to the US government in 1973, hoping it would be used as a presidential retreat, according to the same blog post.

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

After Trump won the 2016 presidential election, he doubled the annual membership fees for Mar-a-Lago, to $200,000.

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.

The incident was not the first time the Trump administration has come under fire for using public office to promote the private business of the president or his family, including the White House rebuking senior advisor Kellyanne Conway for telling television viewers to buy Ivanka Trump's branded merchandise. "If you're telling the story of Mar-a-Lago, it's the president's private business".



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