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Donald & Melania Trump Eat At 'Roped-Off Table' At Mar-A-Lago 'Like Zoo Animals' As Guests Watch, Book Says

Jul. 7 2021, Published 9:07 a.m. ET

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Former President Donald Trump and Melania Trump are the center of attention at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., where they relocated to after the 75-year-old left office, according to a new book.

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In Michael Wolff's Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency, the journalist wrote that the couple are "looked at, somewhat, like zoo animals" as the couple eat at a "roped-off table" on the patio of a Mar-a-Lago restaurant while guests gawk and clap.

"No, no, that's not right," Wolff continued. "They are like a newly married couple: every night is a wedding at which they spend their dinner greeting friends and wellwishers."

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The Celebrity Apprentice alum appears on the patio just as it has filled with guests, "at which point everyone stands and applauds," Wolff wrote.

The book also questioned if the former First Lady actually resides at Mar-a-Lago. "For four years in the White House, it was never quite clear how much time she was spending at the White House or in a house in Maryland where she had settled her parents," Wolff wrote.

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"Aides were careful not to closely inquire or openly wonder," Wolff said. "Here too, in Mar-a-Lago, it was unclear."

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Melania did not immediately move to the White House at the start of her husband's presidency in 2017. The former model, 51, waited behind in New York until their son Barron's school term ended. It reportedly cost about $27 million for security.

Melania has kept a low profile since exiting the White House. "She's not a presence at Mar-a-Lago at all," a source previously told CNN. "She's not mingling with people and rarely interacts with her husband's staff."

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According to Wolff, the couple are living an "old-fashioned club life" with wine tasting, Croquet Singles and themed food nights at the estate.

"The only qualification now, beyond the actual cost ($250,000, up from $150,000 before the presidency, plus a hefty yearly fee), is to be an abject Trump admirer," Wolff joked of the entry requirements for the club.

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According to Wolff, Trump will speak to "anyone who will listen" and the former President sees himself as the "single most powerful political entity in the US" who believes the 2020 Presidential Election was stolen from him.

"Michael Wolff sat for over two hours in interviews with President Trump and never asked him about... false claims Wolff has been making," Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington told the Daily Mail.

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"If he had, President Trump would have knocked them down," Harrington said, "but instead Wolff decided to try to sell books with more Fake News."

Trump reportedly relocated to his Bedminster estate in New Jersey for the summer with Mar-a-Lago closed during hurricane season.

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