- The coronavirus pandemic could hurt Trump’s personal businesses.
- Mar-a-Lago, the president’s club in Florida, is allowing some events to proceed, though others have been cancelled, The Washington Post reported.
- Last week, Trump met with officials from Brazil at Mar-a-Lago, one of whom later tested positive for the coronavirus.
- Florida has advised people against being in large crowds.
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President Donald Trump’s businesses and proprieties are likely to take a hit as efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus ramp up, the Washington Post reported.
At Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s club in Florida, a lavish, multi-day wedding was postponed and a brunch was cancelled as the coronavirus outbreak has grown, according to the Post. Fears at the resort also sparked after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was tested for the virus a week after sitting next to Trump there. Trump was photographed next to Bolsonaro’s communications chief, Fabio Wajngarten, who later tested positive for the virus.
Florida has advised residents to avoid large gatherings in an effort to curb the spread of the new virus, according to local station WTVJ.
But according to the Post, Mar-a-Lago still hasn’t issued guidance to staff who might have been exposed there, and some other events have carried on as usual.
Florida has confirmed 35 coronavirus cases and two deaths.
Mar-a-Lago still reportedly plans to hold a 700-person charity event chaired by Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Lea Trump, and Georgina Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg’s daughter. The event called “Wine, Women and Shoes” raises money for the animal shelter Big Dog Ranch Rescue.
A spokesperson for the charity told the Post, “we will offer hand sanitizers, washing stations and, upon check-in, encourage all guests to refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or kissing during the event as precautionary measures.”
Meanwhile, the Trump organisation sent letters to investors in Trump hotels in New York and Chicago highlighting the extra sanitation efforts there, according to the Post.
President Trump’s properties in the United Kingdom and Ireland – the Trump Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links in Scotland and the Doonbeg resort in Ireland – are exempt from his newly enacted European travel ban, since the UK is not included.
The Trump Organisation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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