Posts Tagged ‘Mar-A-Lago’

President Trump on witness list in Palm Beach lawsuit involving billionaire pedophile

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
President Donald Trump is on a list of witnesses for trial in a Palm Beach lawsuit that pits billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein against a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represents Epstein’s victims.
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An angry weekend follows on heels of frustrations for Donald Trump

Monday, March 6th, 2017

President Donald Trump started his weekend in Florida in a fit of anger over his young administration getting sidetracked just days after his most successful moment in office. He returned to the White House late Sunday derailed — again.
Trump’s frustration appeared to be both the symptom and the cause of his recent woes. Angry about leaks, errant messaging and his attorney general landing in hot water, he fired off a series of tweets that only ensured more distractions.
His staff had hoped to build on the momentum generated by his speech to Congress by rolling out his revamped travel ban and, potentially, unveiling his health care plan. Those efforts rapidly unraveled, sparking more staff infighting and enraging a president loath to publicly admit a mistake and eager to shift the blame onto others.
And now, as Trump begins one of the most pivotal weeks yet for his presidency, his staff is facing the fallout from another allegation of close ties to Russia and the president’s unsubstantiated claims that his predecessor ordered him wiretapped during the campaign.
Trump simmered all weekend in Florida before returning to Washington ahead of signing new immigration restrictions, according to associates who spoke to the president and, like others interviewed, requested anonymity to discuss private conversations. Those close to Trump said it was the angriest he’s been as president, his rage bursting to the surface at his senior staff Friday afternoon in the Oval Office.
Trump was furious about the negative impact of the flap over Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ meetings with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. He told one person he personally felt let down that his senior staff were unable to fight back against the story. He also suggested he felt that Sessions’ move to recuse himself from any investigation into administration links to Russia felt like

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Report: Robin Bernstein, other Palm Beach residents tapped for ambassadorships

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Three Palm Beach residents with ties to Donald Trump are expected to be tapped for ambassadorships.
Gossip Extra reported Monday that the president has offered ambassadorships to Robin Bernstein, Patrick Park, and Brian Burns. All three, the website reported, were undergoing background checks this week.
Bernstein is a long-time friend Trump’s, and is the president of Richard Bernstein & Associates, a Palm Beach insurance company. She has a bachelor’s degree from American University and a masters of business administration from George Washington University.
A founding member of the Mar-A-Lago Club, Gossip Extra reported Bernstein is expected to become the ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
According to the site, Park could be in line to become the ambassador to Austria, while Burns is in line to become the ambassador to Ireland.
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Donald Trump’s visits to Florida costing sheriff $1.5 million in OT

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Donald Trump‘s visits to his South Florida estate since he was elected president have cost the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department $1.5 million in overtime costs.
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is confident the money his department has spent while assisting the Secret Service will be reimbursed by the federal government.
“I do hope he is correct,” said Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker.
The county sent letters to federal officials in December seeking reimbursement for the overtime security costs from Trump’s five-day visit to the estate called Mar-a-lago in November, the Palm Beach Post reported Tuesday.
Those costs were originally estimated at $250,000, but Bradshaw said the total will be closer to $300,000. Based on the revised number, the sheriff said told the newspaper the security costs are amounting to about $60,000 a day during Trump’s visits to the county.
Aside from the five days in November, Trump stayed at Mar-a-lago 16 days in December. He has returned for two weekends so far in February.
The sheriff’s presidential detail is covered by overtime and doesn’t compromise law enforcement for the rest of the county.
“We don’t take anybody off the road that handles normal calls for service,” Bradshaw said. “I’m very confident that we’re going to get reimbursed. There’ll be a point in time where I’ll have a conversation, I hope, with the president personally or with someone high up in his administration.”
Baker said the sheriff works closely with the Secret Service and would have a better feel about any reimbursement. “I have not received that type of information from anyone in writing,” Baker said.
Presidential visits aren’t unusual in Palm Beach County as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all made multiple visits for fundraisers, golf outings and campaign appearances. But they didn’t involve extended stays.
“Obviously we take it very seriously and we’re fortunate we have

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Donald Trump’s Florida estate stirs protests, spurs ethics debate

Monday, February 13th, 2017

President Donald Trump‘s South Florida estate is no longer just the place where he goes to escape.
He has described the sprawling Mar-a-Lago property as the Winter White House and has spent two weekends there so far this month. But it’s also become a magnet for anti-Trump protesters and the subject of an ethics debate over his invitation to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to join him this weekend — with Trump pledging to pay for the accommodations.
Demonstrators plan to assemble Sunday near the estate to protest Trump’s decision on the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The North Dakota project, opposed by a Native American tribe fearful of water contamination from potential oil leaks, had stalled in Democrat Barack Obama‘s administration. Trump’s executive order cleared the way for the developer to start building the final stretch of pipeline.
During Trump’s other weekend in Florida, several thousand people marched near the property to protest his temporary ban on travel to the United states by refugees as well as citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries. A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s decision that temporarily blocks the ban’s enforcement.
Trump’s election is also putting charitable organizations, such as the American Red Cross, in an awkward position for choosing Mar-a-Lago for events booked months in advance. The Red Cross held its annual fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, as it has done for many years, on Feb. 4, about a week after Trump enacted the travel ban. Trump and his wife, Melania, attended.
“What an honor, what a great honor it is. And let’s go to Florida,” Trump told Abe on Friday at a White House news conference shortly before they boarded Air Force One for the trip.
The two world leaders and their wives headed straight to Mar-a-Lago, where they enjoyed a late dinner at the crowded patio restaurant.

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Donald Trump to visit Mac Dill AFB in Tampa on Monday?

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Donald Trump may make his first visit to MacDill Air Force Base as President on Monday.
The president is spending the weekend at his luxury resort in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach this weekend, leaving Washington on Friday night and staying through Monday morning.
MacDill is home to the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) and the United States Operations Command (SOCOM), often referred to as the nerve and muscle center of the war on terror.
An official with MacDill told FloridaPolitics that they would respond to confirm whether the president would be traveling to Tampa on Friday, but never did.
If the President does visit the base, it will come just days after a U.S. raid in Yemen on al Qaeda that left one Navy SEAL dead, along with an unspecified number of civilians. There have also been reports of civilian casualties, ranging from 16 to 30.
U.S. Central Command has acknowledged that civilian deaths were likely and said it is continuing to investigate.
 
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Anti-Trump march back on in Florida after brief cancellation

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

A planned weekend protest march outside President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago resort is back on after two groups took over its organization.
Alex Newell Taylor of Women’s March Florida said Thursday that her group and South Florida Activism have taken over the march from Stephen Milo. He had issued a statement earlier Thursday saying Saturday’s March to Mar-a-Lago was being canceled because of safety concerns.
Newell Taylor says the groups have more experience than Milo in organizing demonstrations and believe they have the expertise to keep it peaceful. She said there will be trained marshals and legal assistants to keep the march orderly.
Trump is scheduled to be at Mar-a-Lago this weekend for the first time as president and is likely to attend a major American Red Cross fundraiser Saturday night. The protest will be aimed at the president’s moratorium on refugees from seven primarily Islamic countries and other issues.
More than 2,000 people have registered on Facebook to attend the protest.
West Palm Beach police have said they are working with organizers and are not anticipating any problems.
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.
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Palm Beach locals: More security, traffic when Donald Trump visits

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Local officials and residents in Palm Beach say they’re seeing changes around town when President-elect Donald Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Palm Beach Town Manager Tom Bradford says he’s been inundated since before the election with inquiries from residents and reporters about Trump, who is a part-time resident in the town of 8,612 people.
“I could spend my entire day answering people’s questions about the president and the impact and I wouldn’t be able to get any work done,” Bradford told The Palm Beach Post  .
The Post reports that Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office vehicles are now regularly stationed along the road leading to Mar-a-Lago and outside its closed gates. A sheriff’s office watch tower also overlooks the estate.
Bicyclists, pedestrians and a heavy flow of seasonal traffic can still make their way past the area, and a nearby beach and parking area remain open to the public.
On the Intracoastal Waterway, however, Coast Guard vessels shadow boats near a newly designated restricted zone and through a causeway drawbridge. Alan Emery, an attendant at Palm Beach Docks, said the Coast Guard quickly makes contact with any yachts that appear to veer toward Mar-a-Lago.
Palm Beach County Mayor Paulette Burdick has asked the county’s Congressional delegation for help in getting reimbursed for providing security for Trump’s holiday visits.
“As an example of the escalated expenditures, over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday the County incurred a cost of $250,000 as a result of security protection of the President-elect,” Burdick wrote in a Dec. 20 letter. “It is our expectation the President-elect will frequent his home in Palm Beach for a substantial amount of time during the Christmas and New Year holiday season, and it is anticipated that significant future travel will continue to the area by the President, Cabinet officials, and executive office staff, as well as other dignitaries

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Donald Trump took $17M in insurance for Mar-a-Lago damage few remember

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Donald Trump said he received a $17 million insurance payment in 2005 for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, but The Associated Press found little evidence of such large-scale damage.
Two years after a series of storms, the real estate tycoon said he didn’t know how much had been spent on repairs but acknowledged he pocketed some of the money. Trump transferred funds into his personal accounts, saying that under the terms of his policy, “you didn’t have to reinvest it.”
In a deposition in an unrelated civil lawsuit, Trump said he got the cash from a “very good insurance policy” and cited ongoing work to the historic home.
“Landscaping, roofing, walls, painting, leaks, artwork in the — you know, the great tapestries, tiles, Spanish tiles, the beach, the erosion,” he said of the storm damage. “It’s still not what it was.”
Trump’s description of extensive damage does not match those of Mar-a-Lago members and even Trump loyalists. In an interview about the estate’s history, Trump’s longtime former butler, Anthony Senecal, recalled no catastrophic damage. He said Hurricane Wilma, the last of a string of storms that barreled through in 2004 and 2005, flattened trees behind Mar-a-Lago, but the house itself only lost some roof tiles.
“That house has never been seriously damaged,” said Senecal, discussing Mar-a-Lago’s luck with hurricanes. “I was there for all of them.”
Just over two weeks after Wilma, Trump hosted 370 guests at Mar-a-Lago for the wedding of his son Donald Jr.
While part of that celebration did have to be moved away from the front lawn due to hurricane damage, wedding photographs by Getty Images showed the house, pools, cabanas and landscaping in good repair.
Valuations for Mar-a-Lago are subjective, but Forbes estimated the 110,000-square-foot property’s value at $150 million in its most recent appraisal of Trump’s net

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Donald Trump took $17M in insurance for Mar-a-Lago damage few remember

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Donald Trump said he received a $17 million insurance payment in 2005 for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, but The Associated Press found little evidence of such large-scale damage.
Two years after a series of storms, the real estate tycoon said he didn’t know how much had been spent on repairs but acknowledged he pocketed some of the money. Trump transferred funds into his personal accounts, saying that under the terms of his policy, “you didn’t have to reinvest it.”
In a deposition in an unrelated civil lawsuit, Trump said he got the cash from a “very good insurance policy” and cited ongoing work to the historic home.
“Landscaping, roofing, walls, painting, leaks, artwork in the — you know, the great tapestries, tiles, Spanish tiles, the beach, the erosion,” he said of the storm damage. “It’s still not what it was.”
Trump’s description of extensive damage does not match those of Mar-a-Lago members and even Trump loyalists. In an interview about the estate’s history, Trump’s longtime former butler, Anthony Senecal, recalled no catastrophic damage. He said Hurricane Wilma, the last of a string of storms that barreled through in 2004 and 2005, flattened trees behind Mar-a-Lago, but the house itself only lost some roof tiles.
“That house has never been seriously damaged,” said Senecal, discussing Mar-a-Lago’s luck with hurricanes. “I was there for all of them.”
Just over two weeks after Wilma, Trump hosted 370 guests at Mar-a-Lago for the wedding of his son Donald Jr.
While part of that celebration did have to be moved away from the front lawn due to hurricane damage, wedding photographs by Getty Images showed the house, pools, cabanas and landscaping in good repair.
Valuations for Mar-a-Lago are subjective, but Forbes estimated the 110,000-square-foot property’s value at $150 million in its most recent appraisal of Trump’s net

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AFL-CIO sends out anti-Donald Trump mailers in Florida

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The AFL-CIO is dropping 67,051 direct mail pieces to union households across Florida this week attacking Donald Trump.
The mailers blast Trump for not hiring local workers at his Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
Since 2010, nearly 300 U.S. residents applied or were referred for jobs at Mar-A-Lago, but only 17 were hired, The New York Times reported in February. Concurrently, Mar-A-Lago sought more than 500 visas for foreign workers.
PolitiFact reported documents the resort later filed with the Labor Department showed many of the American applicants weren’t hired because they didn’t meet requirements. Some applicants didn’t want to work split shifts, lacked experience, wanted full-time jobs instead of part-time, or didn’t respond when the resort contacted them.
At the last GOP presidential primary debate in Miami back in March, Trump said when asked about his hiring practices, “I’m a businessman. These are laws. These are regulations. These are rules. We’re allowed to do it. And frankly, because of the devaluations that other countries — the monetary devaluations that other countries are constantly doing and brilliantly doing against us, it’s very, very hard for our companies in this country, in our country, to compete. So I will take advantage of it; they’re the laws. But I’m the one that knows how to change it. Nobody else on this dais knows how to change it like I do, believe me.”
The AFL-CIO says in a statement, “This week’s mailers remind workers that Trump says one thing but does another when it benefits him. He claims that he understands the plight of working families and will make the system work for them. Instead, when he has the opportunity to prove his words, he’s more interested in making money off their backs. This is only one of the reasons Florida workers can’t trust Trump to protect their interests.”

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