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

Trump says his Doral resort won't host G7 summit

Trump says his Doral resort won't host G7 summit

The front entrance at the Trump National Doral golf resort owned by President Donald Trump's company, August 27, 2019 in Doral, Fla.

"We will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020", Mr. Trump tweeted.

Curiously, Trump announced his administration would "begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately".

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney attempted to quell outcry by telling the media that Trump will not make any money off the event, adding that the Trump National Doral Golf Club will be providing the location and services at a cost.

"I was aware of the political, sort of, criticism that we'd come under for doing it at Doral, which is why I was so surprised when the advance team called back and said that this is the ideal physical location to do this", Mulvaney told reporters.

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An initial list of potential sites, which included about a dozen across the US, had been narrowed to four: one in Hawaii, two in Utah and Trump's resort in Miami.

The vociferous criticism did not die down, even as Trump insisted he would host the summit at cost, though he refused to disclose financial details.

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. "By treating the G7 summit like a commercial for his businesses, inviting foreign governments to line his pockets and hold their next meeting at his Doral, FL golf course next year, he mocks the Constitution he swore to uphold". "It was way too small".

Another presidential candidate, Julián Castro, a former San Antonio, Texas mayor who later served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama, also slammed Trump over his decision to hold the summit at one of his properties, which was one of 12 potential sites being considered for the event, according to Mulvaney. It was unclear if they were still under consideration.

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