Nonprofit That Benefits Navy SEALs Supported Trump’s Wallet With $80,000 Mar-A-Lago Rental
A nonprofit that supports Navy SEALs and their families paid then-President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club $80,000 to host the group’s biennial fundraiser in 2019, according to IRS filings.
The Palm Beach Navy Seal Evening of Tribute made a deposit of $40,000 to Trump’s private club in 2018 and again in 2019. In April 2019, Mar-a-Lago hosted the Evening of Tribute, which benefited the Navy SEAL Foundation and a SEAL museum.
Trump retained a 100% interest in his private Palm Beach club when he became president, meaning he stood to profit when a military-support group paid one of his businesses. (He was not at Mar-a-Lago on the date of this fundraiser.)
At the Evening of Tribute, a defense contractor “provided airborne assets” during a demo, according to photos shared on social media. And at least two other Mar-a-Lago guests posed with the SEALs’ weapons.
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The Navy SEAL Foundation supports the Naval Special Warfare community via workforce training, emergency funding and assistance for families who’ve lost a loved one.
The Palm Beach Navy Seal Evening of Tribute did not immediately respond to an inquiry.
A spokesperson for the Navy SEAL Foundation, Sara Berry, has said the biannual event occurred at Mar-a-Lago since at least 2015 (that is, before the club’s owner became commander-in-chief). The 2022 Evening of Tribute though will take place up the road, at The Breakers.