Category 5 Hurricane Irma Just Smashed Into Donald Trump’s Luxurious Caribbean Estate
According to The Washington Post, Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean island of St. Maarten on Wednesday morning, damaging several buildings, likely including Donald Trump’s lavish waterfront estate.
Though the status of Trump’s property is unknown, French government officials said the side of the island where the gated compound is located suffered serious damage.
“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,” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told AFP.
Photos and videos from St. Martin posted on social media show flattened buildings, cars tumbled on their sides and water crashing into hotel balconies.
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From The Washington Post:
Trump’s Chateau des Palmiers estate — whose name translates to “Castle of the Palms” — covers nearly five acres and comes with a pool at the beach’s edge, a tennis court and fitness center. The trust that oversees his holdings recently slashed the asking price from $28 million to $16.9 million.
Trump and his family visited the property frequently after purchasing it in 2013. But in recent years, the estate has largely served as a rental, generating between $100,000 and $1 million between January 2016 and April 15 of this year, according to the president’s financial disclosure.
The Category 5 hurricane is now projected to head towards South Florida, where three of Trump’s golf courses and his signature Mar-a-Lago club are located.