'Winter White House': U.S. Embassy site wades into controversy over Mar-a-Lago

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

London [U.K.], Apr. 25 (ANI): Outrage ensued after the US embassy in London publicised Donald Trump's country club at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, with the page on the embassy site devoted to the country club, describing it as "the winter White House". The embassy web page links to a fuller description of the property by Share America, part of the Bureau of International Information Programmes, and the state department's "platform for sharing compelling stories and images that spark discussion and debate on important topics like democracy, freedom of expression, innovation, entrepreneurship, education, and the role of civil society", reports the Guardian. The website also suggests that "Post's dream of a winter White House came true with Trump's election in 2016". The estate was purchased by Trump in 1985, who has since Mar-a-Lago to entertain foreign dignitaries, including the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, in February, and Chinese president, Xi Jinping, earlier this month. However, the President's critics and government ethics experts have slammed the use of the state department website for such publicity. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden asked on Twitter: "Why are taxpayer [dollars] promoting the President's private country club?" and provided a link to the web page "in all its kleptocratic glory". (ANI)