Trump’s Florida resort—the Winter White House—absolutely sucks. It’s not that membership is so ridiculously expensive so much as it is that the place is falling apart despite the ridiculously expensive membership. A recent visit from Florida health and safety inspectors revealed several problems that make Mar-a-Lago unsafe for Trump’s fans and patrons, no matter who they are or where they come from.
Last February, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spent time with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, inspectors said that the kitchen violated health standards by keeping sushi at temperatures that allowed it to start rotting, more or less.
But that’s not all. This past November, Florida inspectors cited Mar-a-Lago for having a staircase that was falling apart, and for a lack of smoke detectors capable of alerting people with impaired hearing of danger. The staircase had slabs of concrete missing, and rebar was visible. That could cause someone using the staircase to fall, potentially causing serious injury, or even death.
As for the smoke detectors, well, it wouldn’t be surprising if Trump and his management staff thought the hearing-impaired could just go burn.
“High priority lodging violations are those which could pose a direct or significant threat to the public health, safety, or welfare.”
Those two violations aren’t all, though. Despite the problems found in the kitchen nearly a year ago, Florida inspectors found more kitchen violations during this most recent visit, including milk stored at a temperature that’s too warm for safety, and hot dogs stored on the ground of a walk-in freezer.
This is sad, not just because this even happened, but also because Trump is known for cutting corners here, there and everywhere. He’s also known for not paying his contractors just so he can save a buck or three. No doubt he believes this is just good business. In reality, it speaks to his horrific, greedy character.
Since this inspection took place, some things have been fixed so they pass inspection. Trump probably doesn’t want his place forcibly closed down, though, since he’s making so much money off of it.
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