Members are quitting Mar-a-Lago because it has become a 'sad' and 'dispirited' place since Trump moved in, author says
Mar-a-Lago resorthas become a 'sad place' since he moved in, an expert on the resort told MSNBC.
- Members are quitting and want nothing to do with Trump, Laurence Leamer told the cable channel.
- Previous reports said that Trump's
Floridaneighbors have taken legal action to stop him from taking up residence.
Mar-a-Lago's mood is "dispirited," and people are canceling their memberships, the author of a book on the resort told MSNBC.
"I've talked to a bunch of people the last couple of days," Laurence Leamer told the cable channel. "A lot of people have quit Mar-a-Lago."
The author of "Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump's Presidential Palace" then remarked that members are leaving due to concerns that they might be featured in newspaper articles.
Leamer says Trump's declining popularity has also turned off members.
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 $200,000 to join the club, have voiced their concern about Trump's return to Mar-a-Lago.
The neighbors wrote a secret letter to Palm Beach authorities and the US Secret Service arguing that Trump has no legal right to live at
It said that authorities should notify Trump that he is not allowed to become a permanent resident to avoid an "embarrassing situation" whereby he would be evicted, the paper said.
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