U.S. Marine Unit Makes Plans to Hold Annual Ball at Trump's Mar-A-Lago Resort Amid Controversy Over Spending at Trump Venues

As President Donald Trump continues to face scrutiny over government spending at his hotels, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida appears to have been planning yet another event that could profit the U.S. leader, with hopes of holding a gala at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in November.

According to a posting published on events website Evensi, the 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) in West Palm Beach plans to celebrate the 244th anniversary of the Marines' founding at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach on November 16.

"Since 10 November 1775, United States Marines have been forged in toil, fire, and blood; we, today's Marines, are the manifestation of nearly two and a half centuries of their sweat and sacrifice," the event posting, which was first brought to light by The Miami Herald states.

"This November, let us together express our gratitude to those who came before, honor the devotion of those who gave the full measure, and revel in the Company of our brothers and sisters who live to defend the Constitution for one more day," it says.

The location of the event is clearly listed as Mar-a-Lago on the event page. However, asked for details by the Herald, an unidentified Marine at the unit's drill center reportedly told the newspaper that plans for the event were not yet "set in stone."

"It's a work in progress," the marine said. "We are planning on Mar-a-Lago but nothing is set in stone. We booked it but there were complications involved. ... It's just money and some other things. We're doing our best."

The Marine said plans for the event were expected to be finalized next week.

A link from the event posting to buy tickets did not appear to work early on Friday morning, leading only to a "404" error page.

A cached version of the page, however, also lists Mar-a-Lago as the planned location for the event, with the gala expected to run from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

According to the Herald, previous events hosted by the 4th ANGLICO have drawn hundreds of guests.

It is not clear how much holding the gala at Mar-a-Lago would have cost—or if it would even have cost the Marines unit anything, if the resort were willing to host the event for free.

Newsweek has contacted both the 4th ANGLICO and Mar-a-Lago for comment.

The revelation that the unit was, at least at one point, planning to hold the event at Mar-a-Lago does come at a time when the Trump administration is facing mounting scrutiny over the spending of taxpayer money at Trump properties.

This week, it was revealed that U.S. military personnel spent at least $184,000 on layovers in Scotland at Trump's Turnberry resort located 20 miles from Prestwick Airport.

Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight Reform are investigating whether Trump could be benefiting from the overnight stays, while the Air Force has been conducting its own internal review.

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President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort is seen on April 3, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) appears to have been planning to hold a gala celebrating the 244th anniversary of the Marines’ founding at the resort. Joe Raedle/Getty
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