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

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
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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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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