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Mar-a-Lago Starts to Reopen, but Bring Your Own Towel

Main building will stay closed, but pool will be available this weekend

(Newser) - President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club will partially reopen to members this weekend as South Florida slowly reopens from the coronavirus lockdown. An email sent Thursday to members says the Palm Beach resort's Beach Club restaurant, its pool and its whirlpool will reopen Saturday after being closed two months, but... More »

Mar-a-Lago Grapples With Job Losses

A total of 713 workers have been furloughed at 2 Trump properties in Florida

(Newser) - Even Mar-a-Lago is letting employees go. As the coronavirus cripples Florida's hospital industry, the Palm Beach Post reports that two Trump Organization properties are furloughing "non-essential" staff. A total of 713 are being furloughed in all, with 153 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach and the rest at Trump... More »

3rd Mar-a-Lago Guest Tests Positive for Coronavirus

But Trump's doctor says president doesn't need quarantine, testing (at least not yet)

(Newser) - First there were two ; now there are three. The Brazilian Embassy says that a third person who was at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate last weekend in Florida has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, per the Washington Post . Acting Brazil Ambassador Nestor Forster, who was said to have been... More »

Another Mar-a-Lago Guest Tests Positive

Trump now says he 'most likely' will be tested for coronavirus

(Newser) - A second person has tested positive for the new coronavirus after attending an event last weekend at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. That means the president was close to two people found to have the virus over two days, the Washington Post reports. The other person is the... More »

Graham to Self-Quarantine After Exposure at Mar-a-Lago

Senator was at an event with Brazilian official who tested positive for coronavirus

(Newser) - Sen. Lindsey Graham has put himself in quarantine after being at Mar-a-Lago last weekend with a Brazilian official who's tested positive for coronavirus. Graham will work from home, his office said Thursday, while he awaits the results of his own test for the virus. President Trump was hosting Brazilian... More »

Verdict Is in for 2nd Chinese Woman Stopped at Mar-a-Lago

Jing Lu found guilty on one count, but not trespassing

(Newser) - A Florida jury acquitted a Chinese woman Wednesday of trespassing at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort after she testified she didn't understand a security guard who told her to leave, the AP reports. However, jurors did find Jing Lu, 56, guilty of resisting a police officer without violence during... More »

'Erratic' Mar-a-Lago Driver Won't Go to Court: Officials

Hannah Roemhild, 30, is also an opera singer

(Newser) - The woman accused of driving through security near Mar-a-Lago on Friday is an opera singer who's refusing to appear in court, USA Today reports. Hannah Roemhild, 30, is slated to make an appearance Monday if deputies can get her there without endangering her or themselves, a judge said. The... More »

2 Women Arrested After Breach Near Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - Gunfire broke out near Mar-a-Lago on Friday after an SUV broke through security in what TMZ calls "a wild car chase." Seems the vehicle breached two checkpoints on its way to the main entrance of President Trump's resort, and the Florida Highway Patrol pursued, along with a... More »

How Trump Made His 'Tremendously Bold' Choice

During talks at Mar-a-Lago, he apparently wanted blood right away

(Newser) - During his annual Christmas vacation, President Trump huddled at his Florida club with top national security advisers. Days earlier, a rocket attack by an Iranian-funded group struck a US-Iraqi base, killing an American contractor and wounding several others. Trump's advisers presented him with an array of options for responding,... More »

Second Chinese Woman Stopped at Mar-a-Lago

Jing Lu, 56, faces loitering charges

(Newser) - For the second time this year, a Chinese woman has been arrested on the grounds of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. Security guards stopped Jing Lu on Wednesday and told her to leave, the AP reports. Police said that after she returned and began taking photos, they arrested... More »

Chinese Woman Sentenced in Mar-a-Lago Trespass

Judge orders Yujing Zhang deported

(Newser) - A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Chinese businesswoman to eight months in prison for trespassing at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents. U.S. District Judge Roy Altman also ordered that Yujing Zhang, 33, be turned over to immigration officials for deportation upon her... More »

Trump Is Officially No Longer a New Yorker

'He's all yours, Florida,' NY governor says

(Newser) - President Trump is now officially a Florida man. According to documents seen by the New York Times , the president—who was born in Queens and has described himself as a lifelong New York City resident—changed his "primary residence" from Manhattan to Palm Beach, Florida, around a month ago.... More »

Book on Trump: We Logged 26 'Unwanted' Sexual Encounters

'All the President's Women' is out later this month, with new allegations

(Newser) - It's a big day for upcoming books with explosive sexual allegations. Esquire is out with an excerpt from All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator, a book by journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy that pulls from more than 100 interviews to chart... More »

Communications Chief at Mar-a-Lago Convicted in Child Porn Case

Soldier handled calls for the president

(Newser) - A staff sergeant who ran White House communications for the Army at Mar-a-Lago has been sentenced in a child pornography investigation. Richard Ciccarella, 34, had admitted he uploaded photos of an underage girl, who is a relative of his, to a Russian website, the Miami Herald reports, though his conviction... More »

Trial of Mar-a-Lago Crasher Is Over

Yujing Zhang convicted of trespassing, lying to Secret Service

(Newser) - Yujing Zhang's desire to meet President Trump and his family turned the Chinese businesswoman into an American felon. A 10-woman, two-man federal jury convicted Zhang on Wednesday of trespassing at the president's Mar-a-Lago club in March and lying to Secret Service agents. The 33-year-old Shanghai consultant faces up... More »

Florida Trial of Chinese Woman Has Brief Delay Over Undies

Yujing Zhang, accused in Mar-a-Lago incident, wasn't provided with any, had to change

(Newser) - The trial of a Chinese businesswoman charged with lying to a Secret Service agent and trespassing at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club bogged down Monday before jury selection over her lack of underwear, the latest bizarre moment in a case that has been filled with them, per the AP . Before... More »

Canada's Former PM Deletes Her Dorian Tweet

Kim Campbell said she hoped the hurricane would slam into Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort

(Newser) - Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell might get her wish, but she's now sorry she even voiced it. On Wednesday, Campbell joked on Twitter that she was "rooting for a direct hit" by Hurricane Dorian on President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. As it turns out, Dorian... More »

'Extremely Dangerous' Dorian Could Hit Mar-a-Lago

Former Canada PM 'rooting for a direct hit'

(Newser) - They're battening down the hatches in Florida, where Hurricane Dorian is forecast to make landfall as a Category 4 storm on Labor Day—and President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort is in its potential path. The Palm Beach property is around 100 miles south of Melbourne, which is at the... More »

18-Year-Old Just Wanted to See if He Could Get Into Mar-a-Lago

'Exceptionally foolish decision' brings probation

(Newser) - A college freshman wanted to see if he could get through security at Mar-a-Lago on Thanksgiving weekend while President Trump and his family were staying there. He could. Mark Lindblom "was wanded by Secret Service agents, and he walked on through," his lawyer told a federal magistrate Tuesday,... More »

Mar-a-Lago Crasher Had Devices in Room: Prosecutors

Judge was asked to keep Chinese woman in custody

(Newser) - A signal detector, nine USB drives, and five SIM cards for mobile phones—that's what prosecutors say authorities found in the hotel room of the woman who was arrested on the grounds of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort last month. Yujing Zhang was in court in Florida for a... More »

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