President Donald Trump's prized Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida could be directly on the path of Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to turn into an extremely devastating storm.
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The latest song by the National Hurricane Center for Dorian puts Mar-a-Lago in the crossroads of a possible Category 4 storm with winds of nearly 140 mph.
The resort, which is currently closed for the summer, is located on the rich barrier island of Palm Beach. No activity can be seen there Friday afternoon and the Trump Organization did not respond to a call for comment.
The Mar-a-Lago, dating from the 1
During the cooler months, Trump visited the property frequently and held several high-level meetings with world leaders, such as. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Xi Jinping.
Hurricanes have always been part of Mar-a-Lago.
In 2005, Trump said he received $ 17 million in insurance coverage for the resort's hurricanes, but
Trump said at the time that he didn't know how much was spent on repairs, but he admitted. that he had collected some of the money. He was transferring funds into his personal accounts, saying that under the terms of his policy, "you don't need to reinvest it."
"Landscaping, roofs, walls, painting, leaks, artwork in – you know, great tapestry, tiles, Spanish tiles, the beach, erosion, "he said of the storm damage. "Not yet what it was."
Trump is a skeptic about climate change, whose policy has infuriated many environmentalists. Separately, when Dorian appeared at the head of Puerto Rico, he touted the American island as "one of the most corrupt places on earth. Their political system is broken and their politicians are either incompetent or corrupt. "
These sentiments have led many Trump critics to publicly hope the storm is headed for Mar-a-Lago – though it would also be a disaster for nearby middle-class and low-income neighborhoods.
"I'm rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!" Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell tweeted on Wednesday. Campbell, who served as prime minister for four months in 1993, later raised the issue, tweeting: "I know Palm Beach well and I'm sorry if it hits big." Still, she said she hoped Dorian would "shake Trump's denial of climate change."
Eric Trump, the son of the president, responded Friday to Campbell on Twitter: "Our family is rooting for the safety of millions of homes, businesses, families, and wonderful people in great Florida. "
Meanwhile, local governments throughout Florida, including Palm Beach County, are gearing up to deal with rising sea levels and possibly more intense hurricanes. If forecasts for sea-level rise even at the lower end come true, a-Lago may have ocean water thrown into the lawns in the not too distant future.
Anderson reports from Fort Lauderdale, AP Terry Spencer reporter at Fort Lauderdale contributed to this report.
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