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(AP) President Donald Trump is back in his comfort zone at the “winter White House.” Mar a Lago is where women in furs and men in diamond jewelry and canada goose uk outlet monogrammed slippers canada goose black friday sale mingle with Sylvester Stallone and Fabio at New Year’s canada goose outlet shop Eve celebrations, and Don King rubs elbows with Cabinet members, could be ambassadors and the “MyPillow” guy at dinner. As he departed Washington, Trump said he’d be canada goose outlet canada doing “a lot of work” while in Florida, but Mar A Lago also serves as the president’s refuge from Washington. Bush’s family had a uk canada goose compound in Kennebunkport, Maine; George W. Bush loved his ranch in Crawford, Texas; and Barack Obama savored winter getaways to his home state canada goose outlet online of Hawaii. But none has drawn the fascination or raised the ethical issues of Mar a Lago, where Trump spends his time mixing work, business and cheap canada goose pleasure in the company official canada goose outlet of dues paying members.

It’s one of the many ways in which Trump has transformed the presidency and managed to hold onto the life he had before taking office.

“His visits to Mar a Lago are canada goose store part of the original sins of his presidency, and the fact that he’s returning there shows that he has not learned Canada Goose Online his lesson,” said former White House ethics lawyer Norman Eisen. He described the club as “a place where, for sky high admissions fees, business executives who have strong interests before the government can literally engage in purchasing access to the president. Those fees also seem Canada Goose Coats On Sale to be down payments on ambassadorships.”

A view of the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. ambassador to South Africa. She’s the fourth member to be nominated for such a post, according to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, where Eisen serves as board chairman.

Trump is typically lightly staffed during his visits south. But those who Canada Goose Outlet do make the trip are on alert, wary of club members and invited guests who buttonhole the president in dining canada goose jacket outlet rooms and other club spaces where they have near unimpeded access. Members, including business moguls and socialites, often raise pet projects, make policy suggestions and share oddball ideas everything from trying to sell the president on the benefits of nuclear powered cars to pitching their own canada goose clearance sale formulas for Mideast peace.

FILE In this Feb. 19, 2018, file photo, Mar a Lago is visible from a motorcade carrying President Donald Trump, in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump is making his return to Florida, kicking off the Palm Beach social season at his “winter White House.” All presidents have had their favorite refuges from Washington. But none has drawn the fascination or raised the ethical issues of Mar a Lago, where Trump spends his days mixing work, business and play in the company of dues paying members and staff are on high alert for those seeking influence.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) (Source: Andrew Harnik)

Trump sometimes directs his staff to follow up on their suggestions.

Former administration officials described the lengths to which aides have gone to try to run interference: scanning daily guest lists, reserving the dinner table next to Trump’s to keep as close an eye on him as possible and keeping tabs on the people who approach him to make sure none raises alarms.

FILE In this April 17, 2018, file phot, military members get goose outlet canada into place before President Donald Trump welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Trump’s private Mar a Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. rump is making his return to Florida, kicking off the Palm Beach social season at his “winter White House.” All presidents have had their favorite refuges from Washington. But none has drawn the fascination or raised the ethical issues of Mar a Lago, where Trump spends his days mixing work, business and play in the company of dues paying members and staff are on high alert for those seeking influence. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file) (Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump’s presidency has forced the club to adopt new security measures, among other changes. He’s canada goose outlet uk hosted Japan’s Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the club for diplomatic summits, plotted a response to a North Korean missile launch from the canada goose outlet new york city club’s candlelit outdoor dining terrace and delivered a statement to the nation from one of its ballrooms.

Members now clamor for dinner reservations on nights they know Trump will be in town. Membership fees are up. And some groups that used to hold events at the club now steer clear to avoid controversy over patronizing the president’s playground. But much has also stayed the same, with Trump returning to his old, pre presidential cheap canada goose uk role of glad handing host and “mayor of Mar a Lago,” schmoozing with members and their guests as he’d done for years before his 2016 election.

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump walk from the Oval Office as they leave the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, to travel to Florida, where they will spend Thanksgiving at Mar a Lago. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (Source: Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump is expected to have a limited public schedule over his Thanksgiving break. Last year, https://www.zoetermeerinbeeld.nl his only public events took place on Thanksgiving Day, when he held a video conference call with service members from one of the club’s ornately decorated rooms and visited a nearby Coast Guard station to hand canada goose outlet online uk out lunches.

That was before a Thanksgiving canada goose outlet black friday dinner that felt more like a homecoming, as Trump joined more than 500 of the club’s members and guests in a gilded ballroom for a meal that included traditional turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, as well as local favorites like Florida stone crab.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with their son Barron Trump talk as they walk on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, to board the Marine One. Trump and his family are traveling to Florida, where they will spend Thanksgiving at Mar a Lago. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (Source: Manuel Balce Ceneta).

 

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