Venezuelan businessman sanctioned by WH is a member at Trump golf resort: report

Venezuelan businessman sanctioned by WH is a member at Trump golf resort: report

A Venezuelan businessman who the White House has sanctioned over alleged drug ties is a member of a golf resort owned by President Trump, according to the Miami Herald.

Samark Lopez Bello has been labeled as a “frontman” in a major drug scheme, and the White House this week took steps to freeze his assets.

His name is on a membership list at Trump National Doral, a South Florida property Trump purchased in 2012, according to the Herald.

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The cost to become a member of the exclusive club is as high as $50,000. It was not clear whether Lopez Bello joined before Trump bought the resort, the report noted.

Helen Ferre, the director of media affairs at the White House, told the Herald that Lopez Bello's potential membership has nothing to do with the administration.

“This is not a White House issue, the President is divested from the business," she told the newspaper.

The Treasury Department this week sanctioned Lopez Bello for his role in facilitating international narco-trafficking. Washington accused the businessman of assisting the Venezuelan Vice President Tareck Zaidan El Aissami, who is considered to be the mastermind behind the drug scheme.