Over several weeks of work, renovations, made to make the nearly 3,000-square-foot space feel larger and updated in preparation for Trump’s post-White House life, did not appeal to Trump’s aesthetics according to his response. Trump was also angered by other renovations to the property, the source said, not just in the living space.
“He was not happy with it,” said the source, who almost immediately noted several loud, one-sided conversations with the club management.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
It was Melania Trump, and her interior decorator, Tham Kannalikham, who selected several details on the renovation, which, however, did not have the Mar-a-Lago staff, Trump was well aware of the fact.
This is not the first time the president’s personal taste is associated with that of his wife. According to another source familiar with the president’s response after the visit, Trump at Camp David, another project of the First Lady, was also not thrilled with some decorative updates.
Trump was very angry this week over the source of Mar-a-Lago, the way some renovations saw him ask that the pieces of decoration, including white marble and an abundance of dark wood, be removed. They were immediately.
If his final as president kicked off Florida, roughly, the days that followed would be too much, with Trump, as “moody,” spending more time than usual behind closed doors, according to the club’s source . Mingling and not conversing, as he usually does with club members and senior White House staffers, many of whom had joined him there over the years.
“The vibe is off,” said another source in Mar-a-Lago this Christmas, compared to last Christmas.
Even when Trump is waiting, when he signs a large Kovid-19 relief package and federal funding bill, it will be a game to predict whether his day will be good or bad, or indifferent. Trump was initially set to sign the bill on Christmas Eve, but was not elected at the last minute, according to a source familiar with the president’s program. On Sunday, while going for dinner at his nearby Trump International Golf Club, Trump finally signed on.
While he has publicly ignored Kovid-19’s havoc on the country, has made fewer comments in recent weeks and appears to have infected hundreds of Americans every day by adopting a backseat approach, avoiding the effects of Trump coronovirus Are not able to In his beloved sanctuary of Mar-e-Lago.
The week between Christmas and New Year is usually the highlight of the winter season, and in Mar-a-Lago, some longtime members are escaping from the club.
“It’s just a big risk, not worth it,” said one member who chose not to travel to Florida this year.
Yet some crowded areas and abundance remain, adding another member who is currently in contact with the people in Mar-a-Lago.
“People are going to dinner as usual,” said the source, who added there seems to be “little regard for the epidemic”.
The source said that in the beach club area by the pool, it is so crowded during the day that guests are arguing over available chairs.
On Monday, the Florida Department of Health released new figures for test positivity rates. Palm Beach County stood at 10.38%, the highest since November 30 and an increase of 8.42% since December 15. The state considers anything over 5% dangerous.
A Palm Beach winter regular said that they have heard about the lack of parties, events and fundraisers in the rich enclave, and the eating ritual of table-hopping, going from table to table to kiss exchange air and hellos is all , But disappeared. The mandate, wearing a mask for businesses, establishments, public places and restaurants in Palm Beach, was extended to Jan. 20 in Palm Beach County and includes Mar-a-Lago, although compliance was best hit-or-miss. Has happened.
The Mar-a-Lago “scene,” as it were, when he is in residence, consists largely of Trump holding court. Club members and their guests like to stumble across the buffet at the President of the United States or a party in the ballroom. At a wedding on Monday night in Mar-a-Lago, Trump made a surprise appearance, according to someone present at the event, entering to greet the bride and groom.
new Year’s Eve party
Mar-a-Lago Black-tie New Year’s Eve party, which Trump and his family attend each year and guests who pay thousands per ticket, is still a member of Slate-Lago to be held on Thursday nights have said. Who has heard that at least 500 reservations have been confirmed. What is not clear is whether the attendees will follow coronovirus mitigation guidelines. At a gala for Turning Point USA earlier this month, partygoers from conservative student groups, meeting the needs of the facade and social get-away, showed hundreds of photos from the event at the Mar-a-Lago Ballroom.
The president is also included in a small group of familiar faces to entertain and capture his time during his Florida trip. There are no foreign leaders to host, as has often happened during his chairmanship, and there are usually no West Wing senior staff involved in the trip.
On Sunday, Trump did not dine with the first lady, and according to one witness, had dinner at a table with her sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, and Trump Jr.’s girlfriend Kimberly Gilfoyle, who Trump said . Roger Stone had a pop-by on his desk, one of his longtime cronies, which the president had forgiven less than a week earlier. Stone entered the club wearing a “Trump 2020” face mask.
Trump’s most frequent activity – and relief – has been his morning round of golf, with millions of Americans being excused this year as he warned about the spread of coronovirus.
On Tuesday, en route to the golf course, the president had time to tweet about the proceedings to return to Washington, D.C., where politicians were handcuffed to receive XI financial aid to Americans facing economic desperation Have been.
“Republican leadership only seeks the path of least resistance,” Trump tweeted. “Our leaders (not me, definitely!) Are pathetic.”