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Trump picks Mar-a-Lago member Lana Marks as ambassador to South Africa

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  • Trump is handing another US ambassadorship to a member
    of his Mar-a-Lago resort that costs $200,000 to join.
  • This time its the long-vacant role as US ambassador to
    South Africa, and Lana Marks is President Donald Trump’s
    pick.
  • Marks is Trump’s pick as the top US diplomat to the
    second-largest African economy. She

    is likely
    best known as a handbag designer. Her sought-after bags can
    cost as much as $400,000.
  • Marks is the fourth member of the Mar-a-Lago club Trump
    has tapped for an ambassadorship.

The nomination of Lana Marks as ambassador to South Africa, yet
another Mar-a-Lago member tapped for such an honor, is certain to
raise some uncomfortable questions about whether President Donald
Trump is rewarding longtime members of his exclusive, a pricey,
Mar-a-Lago club.

In a statement from the White House, Wednesday, Trump announced
several new appointments to key administration posts, including
that of Marks.

Lana Marks is the founder, chief executive and of Lana Marks Inc,
a luxury fashion accessories company.

Rather than crossing swords with honorary consuls or hosting
royals for high tea, Marks is best known for her high-dollar
handbags.

According to the
Palm Beach Daily News
, the South African-born entrepreneur
has a legacy of lawsuits, past and present.

“In more than a dozen past lawsuits against her in Aspen, New
York, California and South Florida, Marks has repeatedly been
accused of stiffing her attorneys, accountants, landlords and
employees. She is also embroiled in bitter, international legal
battles in South Africa and Israel with her siblings over a
family trust and the care for their 89-year-old mother.”

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According to the White House, Marks has served on the Women’s
Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Women’s
International Forum for more than a decade.

The Afrikaans and Xhosa-speaking couture designer attended the
University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute of Personnel
Management in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Marks is the fourth Mar-a-Lago member, which costs $200,000 to
join, to earn a nod from the president for an ambassadorial
posting

Mar-a-Lago members tapped by Trump for diplomatic
posts:

  • Robin Bernstein, a founding member of Mar-a-Lago: Ambassador
    to the Dominican Republic.
  • Patrick Park: Appointed ambassador to Austria but declined
    the honor.
  • Brian Burns: Appointed ambassador to Ireland but said no for
    health reasons.
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