The State Department’s embassy and consulates official website in the U.K. is featuring a blog post describing the history of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, which he refers to as the ‘Winter White House.’
The blog, which was posted on April 5, provides the history of the resort in Palm Beach, Florida, noting that the founder willed the prized estate to the U.S. government in 1983.
The State Department website, ShareAmerica, “is part of the Bureau of International Information Programs, which works with U.S. embassies and consulates in more than 140 countries to engage with people around the globe on U.S. foreign policy.”
The site is described as the State Department’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.”
Remarkably, the page which focuses on Mar-a-Lago does not contain any discussion of policy, instead showing photos of the highly exclusive members-only club, including its opulent rooms and exterior. The page notes that “When he acquired the house, Trump also bought the decorations and furnishings that [founder Marjorie Merriweather] Post had collected over the years, preserving Mar-a-Lago’s style and taste.”
It also claims that President Trump is “belatedly fullfilling the dream of Mar-a-lago’s original owner and designer” by hosting foreign leaders such as Chinese President Xi Jinping at the resort.
Many are complaining that taxpayer funded resources should not be used to promote the club, which is owned by Trump’s trust, with Trump as its sole beneficiary.
The President has already been under considerable criticism with respect to the club — even from fellow Republicans — for spending most weekends since his inauguration at the resort, and for doubling the membership fee to $200,000 after he became President.
Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden tweeted at the State Department on Monday and asked “Why are taxpayer $$ promoting the President’s private country club?”
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) April 24, 2017