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Forty-six years after building the 128-room Mar-a-Lago mansion, Marjorie Merriweather Post, owner of General Foods, left the Palm Beach property as a legacy to Uncle Sam so that it could serve as a winter White House for the president. Weighed down by the cost of taxes and upkeep, the government later returned the property to her foundation. In 1985, Donald Trump purchased the estate, then he converted it to a private club in 1995. It was not until 2017 that Merriweather's wish was truly fulfilled, when Donald Trump, the 45th president, began to refer to the seaside retreat as his "Winter White House."
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