- A lawyer from Palm Beach, Florida ruled that Donald Trump can legally live at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
- The decision comes after Palm Beach residents argued that Trump broke a 1993 agreement.
- The agreement stipulated that resort guests would not be allowed to stay longer than “three non-consecutive seven-day periods”.
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A lawyer in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday justified former President Donald Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago after a backlash from other residents.
Palm Beach City attorney John Randolph said Trump can live as a “bona fide employee” in Mar-a-Lago, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.
After leaving the White House, residents attempted to evict Trump by citing a 1993 agreement between him and the city that Trump would restrict his stays in Mar-a-Lago to private residence Convert club.
The agreement stipulated that no guest, including Trump, could stay in the club for more than “three non-consecutive seven-day periods”.
Trump was supposed to move from Washington DC to Mar-a-Lago after his tenure. He and his wife Melania have lived at the Florida Club since then.
Randolph said the 1993 agreement did not specifically prevent Trump from living in the club because he was a “bona fide employee”. Randolph told the Palm Beach Daily News that the city’s zone codes allow private clubs to provide living conditions to some employees.
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Trump’s attorney John B. Marion said the former president was responsible for overseeing the property and its financial records, developing the club’s improvement strategy, and evaluating staff performance, the Daily News reported.
Marion called Trump at a hearing in February about the residence of the former president as the “Mayor of the city of Mar-a-Lago,” insider source Jacob Shamsian previously reported.
“This guy wanders through the property like the mayor of Mar-a-Lago,” Marion said of Trump. “He’s omnipresent and he loves it there and he loves the people he sees there.”
Randolph’s remarks come months after a city council meeting where officials heard residents argue that Trump cannot legally live there because it would violate the 1993 agreement.
Palm Beach city manager Kirk Blouin has since said council members had discussed Trump’s residence with Randolph and “made no objection” to his decision.
“There are currently no measures in place for the city of Palm Beach,” Blouin told the Daily News.
Mar-a-Lago usually closes after Memorial Day. Trump is expected to temporarily move to Bedminster, New Jersey, this summer to schedule a possible presidential election in 2024, Insider’s Tom LoBianco reported.
During his presidency, Trump often retreated to Mar-a-Lago, calling it his “Winter White House”. Prior to his presidency, he had visited the resort for most of the summers in years.
Since the end of his presidency, Trump has used the resort to host Republican politicians like Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz. Most recently, the Texan Senator Ted Cruz tweeted about eating with Trump at the resort.