Marine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property

Marine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property
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A Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in Florida is reportedly planning to host an event celebrating the anniversary of the Corps's founding at President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE's Mar-a-Lago resort.

An Eventbrite page first reported by the Miami Herald invites members of the 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company to Mar-a-Lago for the 244th Marine Corps Birthday Ball, set for Nov. 16.


The Herald reported that a spokesperson for the Marine unit said that "nothing is set in stone" related to the event, and implied that the venue could change for reasons of cost or other concerns.

“It’s a work in progress,” the official told the newspaper. “We are planning on Mar-a-Lago but nothing is set in stone. We booked it but there were complications involved. ... It’s just money and some other things. We’re doing our best.”

Celebrations of the Marine Corps's founding are common in early November, and units around the world often take it upon themselves to host such events. It was unclear, according to the Herald, how much the Corps would be spending at the president's West Palm Beach resort for the event.

"This November, let us together express our gratitude to those who came before, honor the devotion of those who gave the full measure, and revel in the Company of our brothers and sisters who live to defend the Constitution for one more day," reads the event description on Eventbrite.

The president's businesses have been the subject of controversy since his 2017 swearing-in, as Trump declined to sell his business interests and instead placed them into a trust controlled by his adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpMia Farrow resurfaces photo of Trump sons with dead leopard after signing of animal cruelty bill Eric Trump promotes Trump wine as Sondland testifies: 'Perfect day for a nice bottle of this' Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family MORE.

Critics of the Trump administration have argued that patronage of Trump's businesses by both domestic political groups and foreign entities represent violations of the Emoluments Clause, which forbids gifts to federal officials.