Fact Check: Trump Was NOT Forced To Sell Mar-a-Lago As Of February 16, 2022

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Fact Check: Trump Was NOT Forced To Sell Mar-a-Lago As Of February 16, 2022 Prediction

Was former President Donald Trump being forced to sell The Mar-a-Lago Club, a private club and residence, as of February 16, 2022? No, that's not true: Although Trump is facing potential financial consequences because of various controversies, he has not been forced to let go of Mar-a-Lago as a result. The assertion is just a prediction from commentators.

The claim appeared in the title of a video (archived here) posted to Facebook on February 16, 2022. The title of the video read:

Donald Trump FORCED to SELL Mar-a-Lago

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on February 18, 2022:

trump sell maralago FB post.png

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Feb 18 15:10:32 2022 UTC)

The video is a repost of a video with the same title published by Christo Aivalis, a media commentator. In it, Aivalis discusses the troubled state of Trump's finances. The video makes it clear that Trump selling Mar-a-Lago is just a possible outcome of his actions, making the identical titles used for both the Facebook and the YouTube videos misleading.

Additionally, there is no evidence that Trump had to sell Mar-a-Lago. According to the Palm Beach County property appraiser website, the last two warranty deeds for the property involve Trump. Mar-a-Lago, located at 1100 S Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach, Florida, is also owned by Mar-a-Lago Club Inc., whose president is Donald Trump Jr., the former president's son. The change in leadership for Mar-a-Lago Club, Inc. from Trump to his son was only made between 2016 and 2017, when Trump took office as president. Therefore, the property has stayed in the family.

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