What Restaurant Inspectors Found Wrong In Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Kitchen

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What Restaurant Inspectors Found Wrong In Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Kitchen

At least 13 violations were reported in the kitchen at Donald Trump's private club, Mar-a-Lago. (Reuters)


Florida restaurant inspectors recently found more than a dozen violations in the kitchen at President Donald Trump's private club, Mar-a-Lago.

Inspectors from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation cited at least 13 violations in reports from a January 26 inspection at Trump's "winter White House" in Palm Beach, the Miami Herald reported. The violations included several that were categorized as high priority, which "could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury," according to the agency.

In two kitchen coolers, the inspectors found that meats were not being stored at the proper temperature and that fish served raw or undercooked had not "undergone proper parasite destruction," according to the reports.

Inspectors also cited the club for reach-in and walk-in coolers that were not properly maintained, no hot water or hand-drying device at an employee sink and more basic violations, such as employees who were not wearing hairnets while preparing food for customers.

The violations were corrected while inspectors were on-site, according to the reports. The general manager at Mar-a-Lago could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Miami Herald reported that the state inspection came just days before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the club. Most recently, Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Nearly every weekend since his inauguration, Trump has spent time at Mar-a-Lago. It is a members-only facility, "with those who pay the steep initiation fee suddenly gaining occasional proximity to the president and, at times, his Cabinet and senior staff," The Washington Post's Philip Bump wrote.

The trips have called into question the cost - which could amount to millions of dollars - of protecting the president.

U.S. Coast Guard commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, said Wednesday that the Coast Guard has not received extra funds to cover Trump's protection during his frequent trips to Mar-a-Lago, The Post reported. During these visits, the Coast Guard dispatches helicopters, patrol boats and anti-terrorism teams for round-the-clock patrols, Zukunft told reporters.

Zukunft said officials were trying to come up with a figure to present to Congress but that, at the moment, the service was working within existing funding constraints.

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