The article gives a brief summary of the 1927 mansion's history, including Post's desire that it be used by US presidents as a retreat and the subsequent decision by the USA government that the property was too expensive to maintain.
"The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the President has been hosting world leaders", a small message reads on the Share America website.
Mark Toner, acting spokesman for the State Department, declined to comment on Monday, saying he hadn't seen the posting. "And we know that Mar-a-Lago has benefited from President Trump being elected president", Tapper said on CNN's "The Lead".
In response to the State Department's posting, Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from OR, asked in a tweet Monday, "Why are taxpayer $$ promoting the President's private country club?"
"If they weren't trying to drive business there, you have to wonder what they were doing", said Libowitz, who has previously sued Trump over other alleged ethics violations.
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The U.S. State Department website is promoting President Donald Trump's Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago in a blog post, posted earlier this month.
In a statement sent to ThinkProgress, Norm Eisen, former Obama administration ethics czar, said the State Department's conduct appears to be a violation of a federal statute prohibiting federal employees from using public offices for private gaine. The home was originally built in 1927 by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. "Using the government's megaphone to promote Mar-a-Lago" is like when Kellyanne Conway, a top Trump aide, urged people during a television interview to buy Ivanka Trump's clothing line.
While Trump has turned over control his businesses to his sons, critics have pointed out that initiation fees were doubled to $200,000 after his election and that the president's frequent appearances there could provide unique access to him for those who can pay. He said the posting was a "clearly inappropriate" use of government resources.
Post willed the estate to the USA government in 1973, hoping it would be used as a presidential retreat, according to the same blog post. Trump bought the estate four years later. "Why are taxpayer $$ promoting the President's private country club", he wrote. He and the foreign leaders he hosted were never placed in compromising situations where they had to handle a foreign crisis in full view of diners, as Trump and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe did in February. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, asked on Twitter why taxpayers are "promoting the president's private country club" and referred to the incident as "kleptocratic".