As ex-President Donald Trump’s lawyers continue to fight for permission for him to make Mar-a-Lago his permanent residence, his legal team has conjured up a bizarre new reason for the city of Palm Beach to consider – that Trump is an employee and his job is to greet guests.
“The residency issue came before the town council on Tuesday — the same day that the former president’s Senate impeachment trial began in Washington — but no decision was made,” according to a report in Thursday’s Washington Post. “As in Washington, where Trump seems to be on a glide path because many Republican senators are saying they’ll vote to acquit him, the former president has already wrangled a significant advantage in Palm Beach.”
John Marion, one of Trump’s attorneys, “has tried to counter suspicions that Trump is not actually a bona fide employee of the club by telling the council that the former president now walks around the grounds acting as if he’s ‘the mayor of Mar-a- Lago.’ He also showed the council a list of Trump’s jobs at the club, including the sort of greeter job that senior citizens take at big-box stores: ‘welcomes/thanks those attending’ events,” the report states.
The Palm Beach Daily News noted on Tuesday that “Trump’s duties include overseeing the property, evaluating the performance of employees, suggesting improvements to the club’s operations, reviewing the club’s financials, attending events, greeting guests, and recommending candidates for membership.”
Marion argued in an interview that “it’s silly that we have to waste the town council’s time even talking about it. He deserves to be treated with the dignity of any former president of the United States, and he absolutely has the right to live at Mar-a-Lago.”
Trump is “very active on the property,” Marion added. “To describe it is, this guy, as he wanders the property, is like the mayor of the town of Mar-a-Lago. He’s always present. He loves it there, and he loves the people that he sees there. He enjoys it. It’s his home.”
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