Trump says next G7 summit won’t be at his Miami golf resort

Elias Hubbard
October 20, 2019

President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday night that he is no longer considering Trump National Doral as the host site for next year's G-7 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".

His comments, more than a month before the official announcement, drew instant criticism from good governance groups and Democrats, who said it raised concerns that Trump was using the White House to boost his personal finances. Ignoring numerous Republican lawmakers, legal experts, and bipartisan condemnation of his unconstitutional and illegal decision the president instead blamed the "Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility".

Trump listed Camp David as a possible replacement and said that the search for a new site was beginning "immediately".

In the same press conference, Mulvaney acknowledged a quid pro quo was at work when Trump held up US aid to Ukraine in exchange for Ukraine's investigation of Democrats and the 2016 elections. "But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went insane!" he continued.

An hour before Trump's announcement, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the selection of Doral for the summit.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump said that the White House will try to look for another location for the 2020 summit, including Camp David - the US President's country residence used extensively to host foreign dignitaries.

Democratic House leaders had planned a vote as early as this week to rebuke Trump over the decision. The property saw its net operating income decline 69 percent from 2015 to 2017, according to documents that the Trump Organization filed with Miami-Dade County.

Trump went on to praise the features of his resort like "tremendous ballrooms" and claimed again that he would not "profit" from the summit.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters it was not appropriate for Trump to host the G-7 at his own property. Then-President Obama held the G-7 there in 2012, the last time the leaders gathered in the United States. We were back in the dining room and I was going over it with a couple of our advance team.

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