The World Affairs Council of Palm Beach has no plans to move its invitation-only event later this year from the president’s Mar-a-Lago club, council President and CEO Celeste Simon wrote in an email today.
“Our WAC December 19 event will be held at Mar-a-Lago,” Simon wrote, referring to the Dec. 19 discussion of “The U.S. Economy and the Trump Agenda” with Stephen Moore, who served as an economic adviser to President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
At last year’s event at Mar-a-Lago, then President-elect Trump popped into the club’s ballroom to ask the crowd about the speech by retired intelligence officer David Shedd.
“Is he doing a good job?” Trump asked about 200 members of the group on Dec. 20. “Yes,” was the resounding answer from the crowd. “He better be; he’s on my committee,” Trump responded, referring to his transition team.
Trump had been in town for several days holding meetings and putting together his team before celebrating the Christmas holidays at his club.
This year, Heritage Foundation chief economist Stephen Moore, contributing editor to the National Review and a former Wall Street Journal editorial board member, is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at an invitation-only event at the club.
The council, which bills itself as a group that creates forums for discussing important world issues, becomes the third organization we’ve contacted that plans to keep an event at Mar-a-Lago this season. The others are the Achilles Freedom Team and the Palm Beach Police Foundation ball.