Mar-a-Lago is a counter-intelligence nightmare

Imagine that the White House, instead of a fortress, were an opulent country club. If you pony up a US$200,000 (S$270,000) non-refundable initiation fee, you can have the run of the place.

Wander the halls. Drop in any time on the West Wing, the Oval Office, the Situation Room. Chat freely with the president's family and advisers, listen in on national security conversations with foreign leaders, even snap a selfie with Potus (President of the United States) himself. Take it all in - actually, feel free to record it if you like.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2019, with the headline 'Mar-a-Lago is a counter-intelligence nightmare'. Print Edition | Subscribe