According to new reports, Donald Trump’s main residence, Mar-a-Lago, has been partially closed after some staff members tested positive for Covid-19.
The Florida resort has served as President Trump’s official residence since he left office in January.
The club said in a statement that the Beach Club and a la carte dining room were closed, but did not specify how many people had tested positive.
Donald Trump had coronavirus last October, and was vaccinated in January.
At the time of his diagnosis, he was hospitalized for several days and treated with the low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone.
His wife Melania Trump and son Barron also tested positive for the virus, as did several White House officials close to the then-president.
In an email to members obtained by the Washington Post, Mar-a-Lago said it was following “all appropriate response measures” and its banquet and event services would remain open.
In January, images surfaced from a New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago that showed a number of guests not wearing masks. The resort was handed a formal warning by Palm Beach County which said the event had violated coronavirus regulations.
The New York Times reports that the club is planning to host events during the RNC spring retreat next month.
President Trump has never released
his tax returns and refuses to disclose personal tax information.
Donald Trump has owned the
Mar-a-Lago resort since 1985 and travels frequently between there and the White
He is running for a second term in
next year’s election and made clear on October 31 that he hoped to be in the
White House for another five years.
The president said he would always cherish New York but added: “Unfortunately, despite the fact that I
pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been
treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state. Few
have been treated worse.”
The New York Times reported that
President Trump and his wife Melania filed for residency in Florida in
September, the New York Times reported.
According to documents obtained by the publication, President Trump’s
“other places of abode” are listed as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (the
White House) and his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
An apartment in Trump Tower, Manhattan, has been Donald Trump’s
primary residence since 1983. It is not clear if the prsident will retain it.
President Trump has spent 99 days at Mar-a-Lago compared with 20 days at Trump
Tower since taking office, according to NBC News.
The White House has not commented on the president’s reasons for changing his permanent address but the New York Times quoted a person close to the president as saying that the reasons were mainly for tax purposes.
Florida does not have a state income tax or inheritance tax.
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