The Mar-a-Lago property is still owned by Trump, who placed his holdings in a trust overseen by his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg before assuming office, prompting Schooner to lament that the president "should have divested from his properties to begin with".
Trump was spotted twice at his golf course in West Palm Beach over the weekend following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago last week. When she passed away, the estate was left to the federal government, in hopes that it would be used for presidential retreats and visits with key political figures. One commissioner, Dave Kerner, had suggested redistricting Mar-a-Lago in order to cover the security costs associated with a Trump visit. His weekends have mostly been spent at one of his area golf courses or his resort in Palm Beach with his wife, Melania.
George W. Bush spent more time on retreats at his Crawford, Texas, ranch and Camp David in his first three months in office, 34 days, than Trump will have spent at Mar-a-Lago, 25 days, by the end of the upcoming weekend. Estimates on how much it costs to protect the just the two of them range between $127,000 and $149,000 per day.
A new lawsuit filed Monday demands that the Trump administration release its visitor logs, both for the White House and for Trump's private residences in Florida and New York City.
Trump is hardly the first president to invite world leaders visiting the U.S.to his home; the tradition goes back to Franklin D. Roosevelt who invited leaders to his home in Hyde Park during his presidency.
In the past Mar-a-Lago staffers have said they do not keep a detailed visitor log, something critics argue might constitute a serious national security issue.
The road closures were announced in a town email sent at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
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