Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Resort Will No Longer Host G7 Summit

Trump Resort Will No Longer Host G7 Summit

Before he announced that Trump National Doral, Miami will not host the G7 Summit, Trump addressed criticism of acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement, saying that he was trying to host the summit with "zero cost to the USA".

US President Donald Trump abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders' meeting at his Doral golf resort in the US state of Florida next year.

The president announced his decision Saturday night on Twitter.

The Trump National Doral resort is not far from Miami International Airport. "But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went insane!" he continued. He says his administration "will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately". He said the Trump family property was chosen after White House teams scouted a dozen properties as potential sites.

"I understand the folks who participated in it hated it and thought it was a miserable place to have the G-7", he said.

Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said on Saturday the initial decision to award the event to a Trump property was "stunningly corrupt" but the "reversal shows that pressure works".

He said Doral would put on the event at cost, which he claimed would be as much as half what it would be at other venues. Democrats quickly sought details of the contract for Doral, and Sen.

Mr. Trump only listed Camp David as an alternative location for the 2020 G-7.

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"This is corruption, plain and simple", tweeted Sen.

"He doesn't' profit from being [president]", Mulvaney said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN on Friday that holding the G7 at Trump's property was "completely out of the question".

Even some Republicans expressed unease over the decision.

Hosting the G-7 would have been a major boon for the company, filling the hotel in June, a month when the resort is typically less than 40 percent full.

The Doral decision had also fanned the flames of an already hard week in the White House.

"He is exploiting his office and making official United States government decisions for his personal financial gain", Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement following the Thursday announcement.

The final four sites included Doral, two spots in Utah and one in Hawaii.

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