Trump uses Twitter pulpit to inform, reassure Floridians as Irma nears

Tricia Pearson
September 11, 2017

Three of the golf clubs that President Donald Trump owns in south Florida and his so-called "winter White House" could be damaged by Hurricane Irma this weekend as they all lie in the predicted path of the storm. Among the topics of discussion, she said, the president will receive briefings on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and preparations for Hurricane Irma.

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In addition to Mar-a-Lago, the Trump International Golf Club and the Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club are also closed, as numerous Trump properties take precautions against the storm, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said in a statement on Friday.

'They are left in a yard, in a pen they can not escape from or tethered to trees or poles, 'Director of Animal Care Diane Suave said to WPTV.

But others pointed out the hotel itself is inside an evacuation zone, with Trump's other properties in the area also announcing plans to close on Friday as the storm approached.

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A spokesperson for the Trump Organisation said: "Our teams at the Trump properties in Florida are taking all of the proper precautions and following local and Florida State Advisories very closely to ensure that everyone is kept safe and secure". The property itself stretches east-to-west across the island, touching both the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway - its name means "Sea-to-Lake".

Millions of people have been evacuated from their homes, with shelters protecting tens of thousands of people from the category-4 storm, which has already claimed one life in Florida and 24 in the Caribbean. The building, which has 3-foot-thick walls, has reportedly survived every hurricane since. "If it goes, I'll go with it", Senecal said at the time.

Others familiar with the storm's effects at Mar-a-Lago, including Trump employees, remember it differently.

"This place will not move", Trump's former butler, Tony Senecal, told The Palm Beach Post in 2005.

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