Trump’s fourth golf course appears to be breaking the law by using the presidential seal

JThe presidential seal appeared as a marker on a fourth Trump golf course, a possible violation of federal law.

On April 21, an Instagram user posted a photo of the seal at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. The photo shows a circular blue and silver marker placed in short grass and an accompanying caption reads: ’45th President 45 yards from hole 18′.

He is against the law to use the presidential seal in a way that could give the impression that the government endorses or sponsors private sector companies. The West Palm Beach Golf Club is the fourth Trump property to feature the seal in possible violation of the law, following a pattern established at courses in Bronx, New Jersey and Jupiter, Florida.

Violations of the law can result in prison terms of up to six months, although prosecutors have never prioritized charging those who abuse the seal.

Trump’s West Palm Beach club is the former president’s favorite course when he resides near Mar-a-Lago.

In 2018, a podcast called “Trump, Inc.” from ProPublica and WNYC, discovered a batch of markers similar to those that appeared recently in Trump properties. At the time, the The Trump Organization blamed the incident on hardcore supporters and quickly got rid of the markers. “The plaques were presented to the club by a small group of members, who are incredible fans of the president, in honor of Presidents’ Day weekend,” the company said in a 2018 statement to the podcast. “They were temporary and have since been removed.”

But then they started popping up again. The owner of Eagle Sign and Design, a Kentucky-based company that made the original markers, did not respond to requests for comment. Representatives of the Trump Organization also did not respond to inquiries.

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Denise W. Whigham