President Donald Trump's award-winning Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida could get in the way of Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to be a devastating storm.
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The newest lane of the National Hurricane Center for Dorian places Mar-a-Lago in the crosshairs of a possible Category 4 storm with wind speeds of almost 225 km / h.
The resort, which is currently closed for the summer, is located on the affluent island of Palm Beach. There was no activity on Friday afternoon, and the Trump organization did not return a call-seeking comment.
Mar-a-Lago dates back to the 1
In the cooler months, Trump visits the estate frequently and holds several high-level meetings with world leaders, such as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese company Xi Jinping
Hurricanes have always been a part of a-Lago.
In 2005, Trump announced that it had received a $ 17 million insurance claim for hurricane damage to the resort. Associated Press research revealed little evidence of such major damage.
At the time, Trump stated that he did not know how much was spent on repairs, but acknowledged that he had put some of the money in his pocket. He transferred money to his personal accounts and said that under the terms of his policy, he "did not have to reinvest it".
"Landscaping, roofing, walls, paintings, leaks, works of art in – you know, the Great tapestries, tiles, Spanish tiles, the beach, the erosion," he said about the storm damage. "It's still not what it was."
Trump is a climate-change skeptic whose policies have angered many environmentalists. When Dorian appeared on his way to Puerto Rico, he tweeted that the American island is "one of the most corrupt places in the world, its political system is broken and its politicians are either incompetent or corrupt."
These feelings led many Trump critics to join in. I publicly hope that the storm is marching on Mar-a-Lago – though this would also be a catastrophe for the nearby middle-class and low-income neighborhoods.
"I'm looking for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!" Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell tweeted on Wednesday. Campbell, who was Prime Minister for four months in 1993, later chose to do so and tweeted, "I know Palm Beach well, and I'm sorry if there's been a big hit." Still, she hoped Dorian would "shake up Trump's denial of climate change."
Eric Trump, the president's son, responded to Campbell on Twitter: "Our family is coming for the safety of millions of homes, businesses, and families, and wonderful people in a great state of Florida."
Meanwhile, local ones are getting ready Governments across Florida, including Palm Beach County, are predisposed to sea-level rise and potentially more intense hurricanes. If the projections for sea-level rise also occur at the bottom, Mar-a-Lago could have ocean water on its lawns in the not too distant future.
Anderson reported from Fort Lauderdale. AP reporter Terry Spencer from Fort Lauderdale contributed to this report.
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