Just days before Donald Trump played host to Chinese President Xi Jinping at his ritzy Mar-a-Lago resort club, the club’s fancy kitchen was cited with an unhealthy 13 violations by Florida state inspectors.
Warning: If the whopping $200,000 fee to join doesn’t kill you, the food might.
The Miami Herald reports that the inspectors visited the Mar-a-Lago on January 26 and found three violations that ranked “high priority.” They could cause illness, perhaps death.
Inspectors “had a field day with elements that could give members of the high-class club and foreign dignitaries some pause,” said the newspaper:
Fish designed to be served raw or undercooked, the inspection report reads, had not undergone proper parasite destruction. Kitchen staffers were ordered to cook the fish immediately or throw it out.
In two of the club’s coolers, inspectors found that raw meats that should be stored at 41 degrees were much too warm and potentially dangerous: chicken was 49 degrees, duck clocked in a 50 degrees and raw beef was 50 degrees.
The winner? Ham at 57 degrees.
The club was cited for not maintaining the coolers in proper working order and was ordered to have them emptied immediately and repaired.
The kitchen was cited with other violations that were considered less deadly.
As we know, Trump recently hosted Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, where both families enjoyed a (ahem) fine dinner after the meeting endeed. When asked in a Fox interview how the meeting went with the Chinese leader, Trump went on about the absolutely beautiful chocolate cake that was served.
Why does the phrase “Let the eat cake!” come to mind? Yeah, that.
Seriously? Trump met with a powerful world leader to discuss key issues like North Korea’s nuclear potential and, at the same time, was letting 59 missiles drop on an airfield in Syria and he wants to talk about a yummy cake?
Didn’t think we’d notice, huh, Donald. Sorry to disappoint. This tweet by MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes, for example:
THE GUY LITERALLY DID AN AD FOR HIS PRIVATE CLUB’S DESSERT OFFERINGS WHILE DESCRIBING A MISSILE STRIKE
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 12, 2017
Donald Trump has spent 21 of his first 84 days in office at his Palm Beach resort — at taxpayer expense. Sure, presidents have always traveled on our tax dollars, but Trump’s travel is unprecedented because he’s always traveling to one of his privately-owned properties.
In the world of business, which Trump claims to be the best in that world, it’s called “double dipping.” And it’s not ethical, or legal. Not that it matters to this Grifter-in-Chief, who’s made millions off his campaign and now presidency by violating the Emolument Clause, which states that our presidents are not allowed to earn monies from privately-held business concerns during their terms in office. And as far as that chocolate cake mention, they’re not supposed to hawk their own products either.
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