Sadly, much of the Caribbean has been destroyed by Hurricane Irma. As one island homeowner surveyed the damage done to his own property in the wake of the devastating tropical storm, he happened to notice President Donald Trump’s house just down the way. He almost couldn’t believe what he saw at the luxury Caribbean estate owned by Trump, so he quickly snapped a photo.
As the Category 5 hurricane approached, the media breathlessly reported that two of Trump’s properties were directly in its path. Their hopes that his chateau on the Caribbean island of St. Martin would be destroyed were dashed, though, because it appears to be one of the only structures which survived Irma’s wrath.
Jack Fleishman co-owns Villa Mille Fleurs, which is situated just above Trump’s St. Martin property and was heavily damaged in the storm. After surveying the destruction done to his own luxury island estate, Fleishman couldn’t believe his eyes when he glanced over at Trump’s house and saw that it was still standing with hardly a single roof tile lost.
Fleishman snapped a photo of Trump’s Chateau des Palmiers and sent it into USA TODAY as proof.
President Trump’s $17 million “chateau” on the Caribbean island of St. Martin survived Hurricane Irma nearly unscathed, unlike the rest of the French/Dutch island — and in contrast to the fate suffered by other celebrities’ properties in the path of the monster storm still raging in Florida.
Trump’s Chateau des Palmiers, located on Plum Bay beach in a posh neighborhood of vacation villas on the French side of St. Martin, is still standing with hardly a single roof tile lost (although the landscaping is a mess), according to pictures sent to USA TODAY by Jack Fleishman, a Californian who co-owns the heavily damaged Villa Mille Fleurs just above Trump’s place.
The rest of St. Martin was 95% destroyed after Irma hit the island on Sept. 6.
Million-dollar villas and hotels, middle-class homes and the ramshackle abodes of the poor and working-class residents suffered similar fates across the Caribbean from the power of a Category 5 storm: All were reduced to little more than kindling. At least nine people died on the French side. [Source: USA TODAY]
While President Donald Trump’s chateau remained intact, the same cannot be said for the luxury Caribbean properties of other celebrities, like liberal billionaire Richard Branson, whose private Necker Island retreat was totally destroyed. “We have spent the past two days visiting team members who live on Virgin Gorda and as many people as possible, distributing aid, water and supplies,” Branson wrote in a blog post on his company’s website, Virgin, after his private island was destroyed in the storm. “We have seen first-hand just how ferocious and unforgiving this storm was,” he added.
“Our thoughts are with all the people and regions hit by Hurricane Irma, and all those in the US communities currently facing the storm,” Branson wrote. “What makes the Virgin Islands unique is its isolated location – every island has been devastated, so there is no support to come from nearby. We must get more help to the islands to rebuild homes and infrastructure and restore power, clean water and food supplies.”
This is certainly an interesting development following the news of liberal celebrities who claimed Hurricane Irma was “mother nature’s wrath” over Trump denying climate change. If this were true, wouldn’t his home have been the first to be destroyed in the storm? It looks like God was looking down on our president and protecting him.