Donald Trump outside the entrance of Mar-a-Lago on December 21, 2016.
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Former President Donald Trump made official his plan to run for president again.
He made the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, his gilded getaway.
Here’s a look inside the exclusive resort that the public doesn’t get to see.
Former President Donald Trump announced his intent to run for a second presidential term at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump had teased a third run for the executive office for several months before the anticipated announcement. Several of Trump’s advisors have reportedly advised him against announcing his intent to run so early.
In August, the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago searching for classified records that Trump did not return to the National Archives and Records Administration after his presidential term ended.
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home…is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” the statement read.
During Trump’s presidency, the exclusive resort was often referred to as “the winter White House.”
Now, it’s just his house.
Following the end of his presidential term, Trump decamped to the ornate resort. Reports in 2020 of construction work at the family’s on-property living quarters and Melania Trump touring a local school (presumably for son Barron) stoked rumors of the move long before it was official. Neighbors even publicly spoke about wanting Trump to stay away, though it clearly didn’t deter him.
Mar-a-Lago has hosted a number of high-powered visitors over the years, as it has seemingly always served as the Trump family’s gilded weekend getaway. Mar-a-Lago has served as a lavish backdrop to host important dignitaries with its elaborately decorated halls. It was built to impress.
Case in point: the property was closed for 57 days amid the pandemic after visitors like the press secretary to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazil’s Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Nestor Forster tested positive for the coronavirus in March 2020.
Here’s a look inside the sprawling complex, which was built in the early 20th century, where the Trumps have hosted opulent holiday parties and watched Super Bowls alongside members of the exclusive private club.
The Mar-a-Lago Club is a 20-acre estate with 128 rooms. The heiress to Post Cereal built it in 1927.The name of the resort means “sea to lake” in Spanish.
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