Mar-a-Lago Has Underground Tunnels, Reveals New Book About Giuliani’s ‘Tragic Downfall’
Depressed after his failed 2008 presidential bid, Rudy Giuliani and his third wife, Judith Giuliani, secretly moved into a bungalow across from Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump’s club in Palm Beach, Florida, where Rudy Giuliani recovered from his political humiliation. and started drinking heavily, according to a new book about the former New York mayor by Andrew Kirtzman. The bungalow was connected to Mar-a-Lago by a tunnel under South Ocean Boulevard, Kirtzman writes, according The Guardianwhich reads an advanced copy.
The tunnel’s underground tunnel is “one of many little-known passages and halls beneath the vast resort”, The Guardian reports. “The secret route allowed the couple to come and go from Trump’s home without the knowledge of the media.”
Bloomberg’s Jason Leopold notes that the tunnels under Mar-a-Lago are actually part of the public record — although the Secret Service presumably locked them down somewhat after Trump was elected president.
Like Kirtzman’s book, Giuliani: The tragic rise and fall of America’s mayorapproaching publication in September, The Guardian reports“The underground rooms of Mar-a-Lago are making headlines, after the FBI searched some classified documents from the White House at the end of Trump’s four years as president.”
But Kirtzman’s book also offers insight into how Giuliani became one of Trump’s most staunch defenders during his last presidency. Trump and Giuliani had known each other for decades, but in 2008, when Giuliani was at rock bottom and drinking frequently to cope with depression, Judith Giuliani told Kirtzman, “we moved to Mar-a-Lago and Donald kept our secret,” and the Trumps were “keeping a protective eye” on Rudy. Judith Giuliani filed for divorce in 2018.
Rudy Giuliani said The New York Times in 2018 that he “spent a month in Mar-a-Lago, relaxing”, after getting fired up from the 2008 Republican primaries, but “he didn’t otherwise discuss the period”, The Guardian reports.
Giuliani and Trump had “compelling kinship,” as “two New York colossi, dinosaurs from another time and another place,” Kirtzman writes. “What is clear is that the two men’s friendship survived when a hundred other relationships with Trump died out like so many marriages of convenience. Giuliani would never turn his back on Trump, much to his detriment .” Read more on The Guardian.