Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump's Florida country club, became a makeshift situation room on Saturday. There, amid "candlelight" and "hotel muzak," Trump, his advisers and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe read classified documents regarding a North Korean missile launch.
Owned by Trump since 1985, Mar-a-Lago — Spanish for "from sea to lake" — is a 17-acre sumptuous estate that holds 126 rooms, Oriental rugs, Flemish tapestries and shiny chandeliers, according to Fortune.
Mar-a-Lago's A-list Guests
It's not just world leaders; actors, musicians and other celebrities who have visited the Palm Beach country club. Actor Sylvester Stallone visited Mar-a-Lago as part of Trump's lavish New Year's Eve party in December 2016, according to Politico.
According to PalmBeachPost.com, which has followed the history of Mar-a-Lago, other A-list visitors have included:
• Elton John
• William Shatner
• Vanessa Williams
• Jay Leno
• Shirley MacLaine
• Jennifer Hudson
• James Taylor
• Martin Short
• Lionel Richie
• Woody Allen
• Rod Stewart
• Regis Philbin
How much does Mar-a-Lago's membership cost?
Bernd Lembcke, Mar-a-Lago's managing director and executive vice president, told ABC News that the non-refundable membership fee is $100,000 and $14,000 in annual dues. Members must spend an additional $2,000 in food every year.
Mar-a-Lago is likely to pose an ethical conundrum for Trump. According to the Nation, Trump's frequent visits to his property are raising eyebrows, as Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) called for more information about security protocols, a membership list and visitor logs to his estate.
The Nation also reported that Trump is technically selling access to Mar-a-Lago for $200,000, which will give interested people the opportunity to mingle with him and his aides on a weekend.