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Mar-a-Lago Club Gets Cited Multiple Times

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President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida was cited by state inspectors for being in poor condition.

According to the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach club failed a maintenance inspection while its kitchens and other facilities were hit with multiple violations during the Nov. 8, 2017, inspection.

Inspectors cited the club for failing to track the freshness of foods, with the kitchen receiving 15 violations, the Daily Mail reports.

Authorities reportedly found expired curry sauce, while the milk was stored at 49 degrees Fahrenheit instead of 41 degrees. Hot dogs were also improperly stored on the ground of the walk-in freezer.

Meanwhile, Mar-a-Lago received two violations deemed high-priority: improper smoke detectors for the hearing impaired, and concrete was found missing from a staircase, which could potentially cause a fall.

"High priority lodging violations are those which could pose a direct or significant threat to the public health, safety, or welfare," the inspection code reads.

However, the club was re-checked on Nov. 17, 2017, and this time "met inspection standards."

It's not the first time the club, nicknamed the "Winter White House," has been hit with health violations.

Shortly before a state visit from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mar-a-Lago in February 2017, inspectors found sushi ready for consumption that had not been treated for parasites.

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In all, inspectors found 13 health violations -- which was, at the time, a record for the club.

"We take food safety very seriously and all of the minor adjustments were made immediately," said a spokeswoman for the Mar-a-Lago club, CNN reports. "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."

The increase in health violations may have to do with the fact Trump no longer runs Mar-a-Lago in the same capacity he did before becoming president.

Before taking office, Trump is said to have been personally involved in the day-to-day operations of the club and health violations were relatively low.

In 2015, there were only two violations in the kitchens.

Regardless, news of Mar-a-Lago's citations fueled further criticism of Trump, with some seeing it as a metaphor for his presidency.

"Trump called the White House a dump, and African countries "s**tholes," but it was his private club Mar-a-Lago that was cited for 15 code violations that pose a serious threat to public health and safety," wrote Jason Easley for Politicus USA.

"Mar-a-Lago is no different than the Trump presidency," he added. "Beneath a self-aggrandized exterior is crumbling structure that it a danger to anyone who sets foot inside of it."

Sources: Miami Herald, Daily Mail, CNN, Politicus USA / Featured Image: sergio_leenen/Flickr / Embedded Images: tommietheturtle/Flickr, Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons

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