Inside Trump's Palatial Mar-a-Lago Resort

Also sited by the letter were photos from a recent White House visit by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich that showed a key still in the lock of a bag for classified material on Trump's desk.

Hicks also boasted that Mar-a-Lago was "one of the most successful private clubs in the world" and added that "the president looks forward to hosting many world leaders at this remarkable property". Trump's three trips to Mar-a-Lago alone have cost the federal treasury an estimated $10 million.

Trump and his closest advisers have repeatedly denied there's anything improper about Trump's members-only club in Palm Beach.

The White House said Trump last weekend at the resort was not discussing classified information in public.

But reporting from the Times and from Politico suggests otherwise.

There are some 500 paying members of Trump's exclusive Palm Beach Club, including dozens of real estate developers "and others whose businesses could be affected by Mr. Trump's policies", the New York Times reports. Some experts estimate that, due to Trump's business dealings overseas, the First Lady's residence in NY, and these frequent weekend getaways, the presidency could end up costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars over the next four years.

During a conversation at Mar-a-Lago, Trump told LeFrak that he was quoted a price of more than $20 billion for the border wall with Mexico. Trump may have been a jet-setter before he took office, but being president comes with a host of logistical and security concerns that he didn't have to deal with before, and all the protection that Trump now requires is on the taxpayers' dime.

  • Larry Hoffman