Members are quitting Mar-a-Lago because it has become a ‘sad’ and ‘dispirited’ place since Trump moved in, author says

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The author Laurence Leamer says Mar-a-Lago has become a ‘sad place’ since former President Donald Trump moved in. Getty Images
  • Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort has become a “sad place,” an expert on the resort told MSNBC.
  • The author Laurence Leamer said some club members wanted nothing to do with the ex-president.
  • Past reports said Trump’s neighbours in Florida had tried to block him from taking up residence.
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Former President Donald Trump’s return to his glitzy Mar-a-Lago resort is said to have been met with little fanfare by the club’s wealthy members.

In fact, the author of a book on the Florida resort says that the mood is “dispirited” and that people are cancelling their memberships.

“I’ve talked to a bunch of people the last couple of days,” the author Laurence Leamer told MSNBC. “A lot of people have quit Mar-a-Lago.”

Leamer, who wrote “Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace,” then remarked that members were leaving over concerns they might be featured in newspaper articles.


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Leamer said Trump’s declining popularity had turned off members.

“They don’t want anything to do with Donald Trump,” he said. “Many of the members, they’re not going there very often because it’s a very dispirited place.”

He continued: “It’s a sad place for Trump to be hanging out. It’s not what it was.”

Leamer later added: “They’re walking away from him. Even here, people don’t like him.”

Members, who pay $US200,000 to join the club, have voiced their concern about Trump’s return to Mar-a-Lago.

Some of his neighbours last year began taking legal action to try to prevent the move from becoming permanent, according to The Washington Post.

The neighbours wrote a secret letter to Palm Beach authorities and the US Secret Service arguing that Trump had no legal right to live at Mar-a-Lago full-time, The Post reported.