President Donald Trump’s prized Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida is potentially sitting directly in the path of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to become an extremely destructive storm.
The resort, which is currently closed for the summer, is on the wealthy barrier island of Palm Beach.
During the cooler months, Trump visits the property frequently and has held several high-level meetings there with world leaders.
According to the National Hurricane Center’s most recent track for Dorian, Mar-a-Lago is right in the crosshairs of a possible Category 4 storm with winds of almost 140mph when it hits on Monday.
Mar-a-Lago (pictured), Trump’s resort that sits on the barrier island of Palm Beach, may be hit by Hurricane Dorian
Memes flooded social media, ‘asking’ the storm to damage the estate
The news flooded social media with dark-humored Twitter memes about the impending hurricane.
However, John Cardillo, the host of the conservative America Talks Live on Newsmax TV, tweeted that Mar-a-Lago will likely not be impacted at all.
‘All of the verified leftist accounts cheering for #HurricaneDorian to hit Mar-a-Lago don’t realize that it’s a reinforced building with generators,’ he wrote.
‘Predominantly Black and poor Riviera Beach just north of Mar-a-Lago will be devastated and leveled.’
It comes not long after former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell said she is hoped the president’s so-called ‘Winter White House’ would be destroyed by the storm.
‘I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!’ Campbell, who served as prime minister for about five months in 1993, tweeted on Thursday.
She received intense backlash for the tweet, which she deleted and apologized for.
‘I…sincerely apologize to all it offended. It was intended as sarcasm-not a serious wish of harm,’ she wrote.
Trump bought the resort in 1985 and has hosted leaders such as Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and China’s Xi Jinping at the resort. Pictured: Trump (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) walk together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, April 2017
The estate has become known as the ‘Winter White House’ and has suffered through its fair share of hurricanes. Pictured: Trump, Barron Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend Trump Invitational Grand Prix Mar-a-Lago Club, January 2015
Trump tweeted on Thursday, urging residents to prepare for the storm and said his administration is working ‘very, very hard’. Pictured: Trump heads back to the Oval Office after attending an event establishing the US Space Command in the Rose Garden at the White House, Thursday
On Thursday night, President Donald Trump urged Florida residents to prepare for Dorian and said his administration is working ‘very, very hard’ ahead of the storm’s arrival by shipping food and water to affected areas.
‘It’s looking like it could be an absolute monster,’ Trump warned in a Twitter video recorded outside the White House on Thursday evening. ‘We’re ready. We have the best people in the world ready to help you.’
Mar-a-Lago dates backs to the 1920s. It was originally built by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, with the main mansion containing 126 rooms.
Trump bought the resort in 1985, after efforts to make it into a national park did not work out.
Since he became president, Trump has hosted leaders such as Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and China’s Xi Jinping at the resort.
Hurricanes have always been a part of Mar-a-Lago.
In 2005, Trump said he received a $17 million insurance payment for hurricane damage to the resort. But an Associated Press investigation found little evidence of such large-scale damage.
John Cardillo, the host of America Talks Live on Newsmax TV, tweeted that Mar-a-Lago will likely not be impacted at all and that it was dark-humored to wish harm
At the time, Trump said he didn’t know how much had been spent on repairs, but acknowledged he pocketed some of the money.
He transferred funds into his personal accounts, saying that under the terms of his policy ‘you didn’t have to reinvest it.’
‘Landscaping, roofing, walls, painting, leaks, artwork in the – you know, the great tapestries, tiles, Spanish tiles, the beach, the erosion,’ he said of the storm damage. ‘It’s still not what it was.’
Trump is a climate change skeptic. Meanwhile, local governments across Florida, including in Palm Beach County, are gearing up to deal with rising sea levels and possibly more intense hurricanes.
If sea-level rise predictions even at the lower end come true, Mar-a-Lago could have ocean water lapping on its lawns in the not-too-distant future.
And Mar-a-Lago is not the only Trump property that could be in the hurricane’s path.
CNN reported eight others that could be affected including: Trump National Doral in Doral, Trump Hollywood in Hollywood Beach, Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Trump Towers and Trump Grande in Sunny Isles Beach, Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach and two private homes in West Palm Beach.