Palm Beach County looks to end Trump golf course lease after U.S. Capitol riot

palm beach county looks to end trump golf course lease after u s capitol riot scaled

U.S. President Donald Trump plays golf at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 30, 2020.

Marco Bello | Reuters

Palm Beach County in Florida this week began seeking a way to terminate a contract with President Donald Trump’s prized International Golf Club.

Howard Falcon, an assistant county attorney, said on Friday that a county commissioner asked him to examine whether the locality could cancel its lease with the president’s beloved West Palm Beach course.

The Palm Beach Post, which first reported that the county was examining the lease, added that the Trump business pays $88,338 per month in rent for the property.

Trump frequents his titular International Golf Club, located in unincorporated West Palm Beach and owned by the county, during his visits to Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach estate. The president has been known to host parties at the club; noted guests to the course in prior years have included Kid Rock and Tiger Woods.

Despite the interest in canceling the lease, Falcon said he does not believe the county has the legal standing to end it. He added that the county’s lease agreement is with a Trump organization, not the president himself.

A lawyer for Trump’s golf course added to the Post that he had spoken with Falcon and concluded that there is “no basis for canceling the lease.”

The county’s move to explore cutting ties to Trump came about one week after hundreds of violent rioters stormed Capitol Hill, leading to the deaths of at least five people including a police officer.

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