Report: President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Kitchen Faces Health Code Violations

This news comes shortly after the president met with China’s president, Xi Jinping, there.

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President Trump’s private kitchen at the Mar-a-Lago Club in West Palm Beach was cited for 13 health code violations in January, reported the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations. This news comes right after the president met with Chinese President Xi Jinping there (and shared “beautiful” chocolate cake with him while discussing the bombing of Syria). The president is also expected to meet with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, at the questionably clean club.

Mar-a-Lago’s violations include “basic” issues, including the outside location of the ice machine. Three “high priority” issues included undercooled and improper sanitation of meats and fish, and fridges not working properly. “High priority” violations mean there could be illness-causing bacteria on plates served to patrons.

A spokesman for the Trump Organization said that they take food safety seriously: “All of the minor adjustments were made immediately. Additionally, the report by the health inspector was updated on the same day to reflect that the Mar-a-Lago Club was in full compliance.”

Still, for a club that charges $200,000 in membership fees per person, and that is owned by the president of the United States, you’d really hope its cleanliness would live up to higher standards.