State Department promotion of Mar-a-Lago questioned by Senator

State Department promotion of Mar-a-Lago questioned by Senator

UPDATE II: After publication, NCRM sent an email to the State Dept. requesting answers to questions, including who directed the writing and publication of the article, did anyone check to see if there are any conflicts of interest, and will the State Dept. continue to promote and advertise Trump properties.

Government Accountability Office officials agreed last month to examine the costs, security issues involved with conducting official business there and the fact that members at Mar-a-Lago would seemingly have special access to the President.

A State Department spokesman declined to comment on the posts.

The post, which originally appeared on the State Department ShareAmerica platform, said that the resort owner turned commander-in-chief was "belatedly fulfilling the dream" of the original owner who donated it to the government before Trump bought it.

As Town and Country reported in its profile of the club, Mar-a-Lago is a profitable business, which Trump made $15.6 million on in 2014. They say foreign leaders or diplomats could try to curry favor with the Trump administration by visiting or buying a membership at Mar-a-Lago.

The Trump administration has pulled down a State Department web page that promoted President Donald Trump's private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after it was criticized by federal ethics experts. Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer for Republican President George W. Bush, said on Twitter that the post constituted "use of public office for private gain pure and simple".

Following Trump's election to the White House, Mar-a-Lago doubled its membership fee. The home was originally built in 1927 by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post.

The blog entry, which was posted earlier this month, stems from an earlier post by Share America, a State Department site that aims to share "compelling stories and images that spark discussion and debate on important topics" with foreign governments and USA embassies. Trump traveled to Mar-a-Lago seven out of the first 12 full weekends after his inauguration, and mingled with members on numerous occasions. The site explicitly names Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Critics complained that resources were being used to tout the for-profit club, which Trump refers to as the Winter White House.

"Why would these officials choose to put out communications praising Mar-a-Lago when it's so clearly a conflict?" asked John Wonderlich, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, which promotes government transparency.

Related Articles

  • Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets - 4/19/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

    Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets - 4/19/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

    When players of Westbrook's or Harden's caliber are feeling it, it's possible to impede them, but it's not likely to stop them. Harden averaged 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds a game- all career bests - in helping Houston to a 55-27 record.
    Court again finds intentional voter discrimination in Texas

    Court again finds intentional voter discrimination in Texas

    In a statement, the Texas attorney general's office said it respectfully disagreed with the ruling. A Republican-drawn map setting the boundaries of Texas' statehouse districts violates the U.S.

    No bust-up with Sakho insists West Ham boss Bilic

    "We have twice tried to buy him but he wants a club playing Champions' League football - and quickly", she wrote in The Sun . Everton are considered 23/20 favourites with Sky Bet , who make West Ham 11/5 outsiders while pricing the draw at 13/5.
  • Browns zero in on No. 1 pick, trade for veteran QB unlikely

    Browns zero in on No. 1 pick, trade for veteran QB unlikely

    We won't know how serious Brown is about teams trying to move all the way up to No. 1 for a quarterback until draft day April 27. The comments of Cleveland Browns GM Sashi Brown on Wednesday vanishes offseason National Football League trade rumors.
    Lawyer: Medical examiner has not released Aaron Hernandez's brain

    Lawyer: Medical examiner has not released Aaron Hernandez's brain

    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a degenerative brain disease often found in athletes with a history of head trauma. With the permission from his family, Boston University will be able to shed some light on the inner workings of his brain.
    Justice Department calls New York City 'soft on crime'

    Justice Department calls New York City 'soft on crime'

    Cook County, Illinois also received a warning, even though it did not get money from the Justice Department past year . He rejected the Trump administration's statements linking crime and illegal immigration.
  • Minnesota Dairy Farms Affected by US-Canada Trade Dispute

    Trump vowed to move "very, very quickly" on negotiations with Canada, saying he would have a more detailed plan in coming weeks. USA prominence in the steel industry has been slipping for decades, and Mr.
    Miami's Chen pulled from no-hit bid to start 8th vs Seattle

    Miami's Chen pulled from no-hit bid to start 8th vs Seattle

    They averted the fifth no-hitter against them at Safeco when Haniger extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Miami starter Edinson Volquez (0-2) barely made it through three innings, giving up four runs and five hits.
    Ryan Palmer captures season-best finish, Kevin Chappell wins Texas Open

    Ryan Palmer captures season-best finish, Kevin Chappell wins Texas Open

    Kevin Chappell grabbed a one-shot lead Saturday at the Valero Texas Open after shooting a 1-under 71 in breezy, cool conditions. He left his putt from 42 feet well short and missed the 9-foot par putt he had remaining.
  • Pres. Trump visits Kenosha for order signing

    Pres. Trump visits Kenosha for order signing

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Washington in February to be open minded on admitting skilled Indian workers. Foreign workers, the study went on to show, in non-computer science occupations receive an average of 58% more.
    Rafael Nadal lands record 10th Monte-Carlo title

    Rafael Nadal lands record 10th Monte-Carlo title

    Nadal will now move on to his home event in Barcelona next week where he will be eyeing another magical 10th title. Nadal is also chasing his first ATP title since last April in Barcelona and the 70th of his career.
    SNES Mini to Replace NES Classic Edition Console

    SNES Mini to Replace NES Classic Edition Console

    However, most may have forgotten that the resurrection of the famed 1986 game console was expected to be done on a limited basis. Moreover, the NES Classic Edition was also reportedly sold for $400, which is nearly the retail value of Nintendo Switch .