Members of an exclusive New York golf club are angry because management refuses to hang up a portrait of President Trump, a longtime member.
The Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester sports 800 members and charges as much as $200,000 in initiation fees but insiders say demands for a Trump portrait are not being honored, the New York Post’s Page Six reported.
“Trump has been a member since 1969, and there is a big push to honor him at the club,” a source told the Post. “We should be proud that the president of the United States is a member of Winged Foot: It is prestigious to have him here. But the senior club management has refused to put up a Trump portrait.”
Republican members of the elite club have been asking for the president to be honored with a portrait erected inside the stone clubhouse but have been met with complete opposition by some. Even mention of Trump’s membership, which goes back decades, seems to be mysteriously absent from the club.
“Each member has a locker with their name on it, but Mr. Trump’s name has been mysteriously taken down,” the source told the Post. “Some members are outraged because there seems to be no justification, apart from, perhaps, too many people were trying to take selfies at Trump’s locker, or they simply don’t want to advertise his membership.”
According to Page Six:
There is speculation that the decision not to honor Trump is either to avoid driving a wedge between members — who include many prominent New York law firm partners and investment bankers — or a financial move so as not to offend any charities or organizations that may wish to hold events there.
“It seems the leaders of Winged Foot do not want to rock the boat and politicize the club, given that the US Open will be at Winged Foot in 2020,” the source told the publication.
Many Florida fund-raisers scheduled at Trump’s private Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, were canceled due to concerns over political backlash.
Winged Foot club president, Thomas Leslie, did not return calls from the New York Post for comments. Leslie is an attorney and, according to the Post, a “managing shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, which was one of Hillary Clinton’s top contributors in the last election cycle.”
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