State Department pulls down web story about Trump's Mar-a-Lago club

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Upon her death, Post willed the property to the USA government, intending it to be used as a "winter White House for the United States president to entertain visiting foreign dignitaries", the site says.

The State Department has removed a blog post that touted President Donald Trump's personally owned private Florida report, Mar-a-Lago, the media reported.

"The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the President has been hosting world leaders", a message said on the Share America website on Monday. "We regret any misperception and have removed the post", the page reads. It was also shared on the websites and social media pages of several U.S. embassies, including those in the UK, Portugal and Albania, as well as the state department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. "Trump regularly works out of the house he maintains at Mar-a-Lago and uses the club to host foreign dignitaries".

Trump, a businessman turned politician, bought the property in 1985, and turned it into a club open to dues-paying members 10 years later, it said. The post, which had been available on the department's ShareAmerica site since April 4, highlighted the compound's "style and taste" while noting the central role the oceanside property has played in Trump's presidency, having hosted state visits by Chinese president Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"This is outrageous, more exploitation of public office for Trump's personal gain", Eisen said. It does not expressly encourage foreigners to visit Mar-a-Lago, although other articles on the same website actively promote USA tourism.

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Both Norm Eisen, former President Barack Obama's ethics czar, and Richard Painter, the chief White House ethics lawyer for George W. Bush, said the blog post was a violation of federal law that restricts aspects of the government promoting a private business that benefits their superior, the president.

The Office of Government Ethics found that to be a violation, but Conway was not punished, despite being "counseled" on the matter. The articles narrated the club's history and Trump's purchase.

"It's illegality run rampant", Eisen said. "The ornate Jazz Age house was designed with Old-World Spanish, Venetian and Portuguese influences" and filled with original owner Marjorie Merriweather Post's collection of antiques, the article notes.

On Monday, Democrats and ethics watchdogs took to Twitter to call attention to the post, which was later taken down after going viral.

Since taking office 95 days ago, Trump has spent a total of 25 days at Mar-a-Lago, spending almost every weekend at his private resort, according to the New York Times. "This reads nearly as if it's an advertisement for the private club", says Jordan Libowitz, Communications Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

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