This weekend President Donald Trump is spending a relaxing time at his Florida golf course and resort Mar-a-lago with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a cost of around $3 million paid for by American taxpayers. Bizarrely, the Trump team has blacked out all of the windows of the area reporters are confined to so the reporters cannot see the resort nor interact with anyone.
Associated Press reporter Jill Colvin tweeted out a picture of her view of Mar-a-lago, and Bloomberg journalist Jennifer Jacobs also tweeted an image of the plastic-covered windows:
Trump’s press corps has been placed in a basement suite at Jupiter golf club. Black plastic over windows to give Trump privacy as he golfs. pic.twitter.com/8zbqi5HGSD
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 11, 2017
Our view of Trump’s Jupiter golf course from the pool hold. pic.twitter.com/VCtTIJaSLQ
— Jill Colvin (@colvinj) February 11, 2017
Mar-a-lago is supposed to be Trump’s “winter White House” but the lack of transparency (literally) is more reminiscent of a dictatorship than the home of American democracy.
This is not normal for a president to do. When diplomacy is conducted through social events, or even behind closed doors, the press are given some view of what is going on. This weekend it seems likely that the media will only see Trump and Abe within the confines of the press suite. For now we are all left wondering, what does Trump have to hide?
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.