PALM BEACH — A State Department-run website has removed a post touting Mar-a-Lago as the “winter White House” after critics accused the government of giving free advertising to President Donald Trump‘s private club.
Trump has hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, and the website share.america.gov posted pictures of the resort and a description of it and original owner Marjorie Merriweather Post‘s vision of Mar-a-Lago as a presidential retreat.
“By visiting this ‘winter White House,’ Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream of Mar-a-Lago’s original owner and designer,” the post said.
The post was removed Monday night.
“The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the President has been hosting world leaders. We regret any misperception and have removed the post,” said a note where the original had been.