The State Department Promoted Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort On Its Website
Update: Apr. 24, 2017 9:37 a.m. ET — The State Department has removed a blog post concerning President Donald Trump's resort Mar-a-Lago, following backlash from politicians and citizens alike.
The real estate mogul-turned-president has turned the Florida resort into what has been a dubbed a “winter White House” by the press and the president himself.
“Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream of Mar-a-Lago’s original owner and designer,” states the article on the State Department website, going on to describe the resort in great detail: “When socialite and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post built Mar-a-Lago — Spanish for ‘Sea to Lake’ — in 1927, she spared no expense. The 114-room mansion sits on 8 hectares of land, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and an inland waterway on the other.”
Post willed the estate to the U.S. government in 1973, hoping it would be used as a presidential retreat, according to the same blog post.
The blog does not describe how Trump purchased it in 1985, The Hill reported, meaning that it is now private property and promoting it could be a conflict of interest.
Trump has hosted many foreign dignitaries at the Florida hotel, including Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month.