If you thought Hurricane Harvey was a nasty beast, Irma is looking to top the devastation and destruction left in the wake of her predecessor and one of the places she’s starting with is the home of President Trump.
The commander-in-chief has a home in the Caribbean, one of the areas where Irma has made her first landfall, and boy oh boy did she unleash the full force of her fury and it is not pretty.
Le Chateau des Palmiers, the name of the president’s vacation home, was in the direct path of the storm, which has become a category five hurricane. Irma tore through the island of St. Martin Wednesday morning.
We did up a piece with a bunch of pictures of the destruction you can check out here.
Here’s a few more details via Yahoo News:
The state of the property, which is currently listed for sale with Sotheby’s International Realty for $16.9 million after being slashed from the original $28 million asking price earlier this summer, is currently unknown. However, a government official confirms even the island’s strongest structures were devastated by the storm.
“We know that the four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed, which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed,” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomba told AFP.
The 5-bedroom beachfront villa located on Plum Bay at the western point of the island was reportedly purchased by the Trump family in 2013, after being listed for $19.7 million and has since been rented out for luxury vacations.
A spokesperson for the Trump Organization, Amanda Miller, told the Post, “All of the proper precautions and protections have been implemented and right now we are just praying for all those in the path of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and beyond.”
Irma is barreling towards Florida, where the president owns several more properties including the golf resort Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. It’s expected to make landfall there this weekend.
Miller adds of the threat to Trump’s mainland properties, “The safety and security of our guests, members and colleagues is our top priority and we are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma. Our teams at the Trump properties in Florida are taking all of the proper precautions and following local and Florida state advisories very closely to ensure that everyone is kept safe and secure. We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to victims of Hurricane Harvey and are praying for those that are in the path of Hurricane Irma.”
It’s certainly a scary time to be in Florida right now with such a destructive hurricane on the loose and headed your direction.
Times like these are when the Body of Christ needs to come together, take a knee, and pray for the safety and protection of those living in the affected area, as the Bible makes clear that God hears the prayers of a righteous man.
After the devastation caused by Harvey, it’s a guarantee that folks down in the Sunshine State are going to need a lot of help after Irma is through, and this means we as Americans have an opportunity to show why our nation is the best in the world by keeping our hearts and wallets open, being as generous as we are able.
Many years ago, it wasn’t the government who provided aid during national disasters, but the church and common man and woman who, without forceful coercion from the powers that be, sacrificed their own blood, sweat, and tears to help their fellow Americans.
When the government expanded and created welfare programs, pushing out the need for citizens to help one another, the generosity and the size of our hearts shrunk some and we as a people grew less unified.
A people that are in the trenches together, stay together.
Let’s hope, that if anything good is to come out of these horrible disasters, it’s that the American people put aside their differences and join together to help one another in a time of dire crisis.
In the middle of a flood and damaging winds, whether you voted Democrat or Republican doesn’t really matter all that much.