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

American Oversight also had said it would ask congressional oversight committees to conduct an "investigation into how and why the article promoting Trump properties was written and distributed".

"By visiting this 'winter White House, ' Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream of Mar-a-Lago's original owner and designer", the item reads.

"The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the President has been hosting world leaders".

The State Department didn't respond to a request for comment Monday. "We regret any misperception and have removed the post".

In response to the State Department's posting, Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from OR, asked in a tweet Monday, "Why are taxpayer $$ promoting the President's private country club?"

The U.S. Embassy in London published a blog post touting Trump's exclusive Palm Beach, Fla., resort as a place that has "become well known as the President frequently travels there to work or host foreign leaders".

Trump has visited Mar-a-Lago eight times since he took office in January.

The State Department is promoting President Donald Trump's private Florida estate as the "winter White House", raising ethical questions about how Trump could financially benefit from the presidency.


However, the President's critics and government ethics experts have slammed the use of the state department website for such publicity. Trump maintains ownership of his global business empire, though he has handed off control to his two oldest sons, an arrangement that ethics watchdogs said would not prevent conflicts of interest.

"This idea of using government for private gain is metastasizing", Eisen said.

It later lauds the resort itself, saying that builder Marjorie Merriweather Post "spared no expense" for it. The club has a $200,000 membership fee, and Trump has hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the resort.

But on the webpage about Mar-a-Lago, there was no discussion of policy.

A president is not allowed to abuse taxpayer resources to promote his own personal financial interests.

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 U.S. embassies. Trump bought the estate four years later.

Members of Congress also attacked the Trump administration.

The club was a frequent stop for Trump even during his campaign for the White House.


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