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Trump Golf Courses Caught in Legal Crosshairs for Misusing Presidential Seal

A third Trump golf course has come under scrutiny for potentially violating federal law by using the presidential seal. This latest incident at Trump National Golf Club Jupiter in Florida adds to similar cases at Trump’s courses in the Bronx and New Jersey, raising questions about the legality of displaying the seal in a manner that suggests government endorsement.

The Latest Violation

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A source revealed the presidential seal set in the grass at Trump National Golf Club Jupiter, indicating a possible breach of federal law.

The Law on Presidential Seal Use

Seal of the President of the United States mounted on a wall — Photo by Geartooth

Federal law prohibits displaying the presidential seal in a way that implies government approval or sponsorship, with penalties including prison time.

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Trump Organization’s Silence

NEW YORK, USA – Sep 21, 2017: Meeting of the President of the United States Donald Trump with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in New York — Photo by palinchak

The Trump Organization has not responded to requests for comment on the matter.

Previous Incidents at Trump Properties

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Trump golf courses in the Bronx and New Jersey have also been accused of misusing the presidential seal.

The 2018 Discovery

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“Trump, Inc.,” a podcast from ProPublica and WNYC, uncovered  at Trump properties in the past.

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Trump Organization’s 2018 Response

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In 2018, the Trump Organization attributed the incident to enthusiastic supporters and removed the markers.

In a statement, it said “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. They were temporary and have since been removed.”

The Manufacturer’s Identity

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Eagle Sign and Design, identified as the manufacturer of the markers, was acquired by B Sign Group, whose owner did not immediately respond to inquiries.

Trump’s Continued Interest in Jupiter Club

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Donald Trump retained full interest in the Jupiter Club during his presidency and has been seen there multiple times.

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The Presidential Seal’s Current Use

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The presidential seal is reportedly being used as a tee marker at the Jupiter club, as shown in an Instagram post.

A Pattern of Presidential Seal Misuse

NEW YORK, USA – Sep 21, 2017: President of the United States Donald Trump during a meeting with the president of Ukraine in New York — Photo by palinchak

The repeated incidents of the presidential seal’s misuse at Trump golf courses highlight a pattern that could have legal implications for the Trump Organization.

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