When reporters asked Mar-a-Lago member and former Palm Beach Mayor Jack McDonald about the sum, he said, "I am unable to comprehend $17 million in reimbursable damage". Our primary goal is safety and security of our residents.
Trump has three private properties in Florida, including the Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter and Mar-a-Lago, the private club he calls the "Winter White House".
The evacuation was part of an official order that covered Palm Beach, the barrier islands and other low-lying areas of Palm Beach County, the Sun Sentinel newspaper said.
Mandatory evacuation for the entire town remains in effect.
The wants residents to be reminded they can seek shelter in a hotel on the mainland at one of the county's shelters or hunker down with friends west of US 1 until this storm passes if you do not plan to depart the county.
In addition, a state of emergency has been declared for the whole of Florida by both state Gov. Rick Scott and President Trump. Though the storm was powerful, the AP could only find evidence of some downed trees and missing roof tiles at Mar-a-Lago. On Friday, the town ordered all residents to be out by 5 p.m. On Friday morning, projections indicated that it was likely Irma will take the "worst case scenario" path into the Sunshine State.
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Trump also expressed optimism that Congress could forge a deal on undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children. Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse was one of them, saying in a tweet that "The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad".
Mar-a-Lago, built in the 1920s, has a long history of withstanding hurricanes.
The hurricane has killed at least 10 people so far in the Caribbean and could cause billions in damage.
This place will not move. It has been through multiple hurricanes before, but Irma is an especially strong and unsafe storm, which could push an enormous amount of seawater onto land.
Widespread devastation was reported on St. Martin after Irma swept through.
We know that the four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed.