President Trump is set to embark on a 16-day holiday break at his Mar-a-Lago Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Will the government shut down in his absence? Probably! Are there troops still stationed at the southern border? You bet! But the rich must dine among the rich.
At Mar-a-Lago, President Trump will be greeted with bad service and worse food, according to a report from Laurence Leemer, author of the upcoming book Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace, out in January. Leemer, not a Mar-a-Lago member but a frequent guest, writes for Vanity Fair that the resort is rather unpleasant for its esteemed members these days.
“The service is terrible, if you’re not in, like, the four tables around the president, forget it,” one longtime member told him. “The servers aren’t well-trained. You have to beg for water. The food is the same menu year after year. People complain about it. It’s just not good.”
The “Trump Wedge Salad” is an enormous slab of iceberg lettuce covered with so much glutinous blue cheese dressing that the dish should rightfully be called “Trump Wedge Salad Dressing.” “Trump Chocolate Cake” is a humungous tranche of cake so sweet that it is a wonder there aren’t dentists on call to deal with cavities.
It is also, apparently, too loud to play tennis in peace due to construction on the property. The inconvenience is so much that some members have even begun to—lord above—criticize the President, Leemer says.
For an idea as to how Trump’s resorts are run from the inside, read The New York Times‘ profile of Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant who works as a housekeeper at Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey. That’s some intel worth knowing.