Trump abandons controversial plan to hold G7 meeting at his own resort

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

President Donald Trump on Saturday night abruptly reversed course and announced next year's G7 economic summit of world powers would not be held at Trump National in Doral, Florida, in a rare departureafter facing bipartisan backlash.

JORDAN: "I think the American people are much more concerned what- much more concerned about not where it happens but what happens at the summit".

Trump announced a rare backtrack on Saturday night after facing accusations that he was using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the global summit at a private resort owned by his family.

I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders.

In a rare u-turn, the U.S. president said his administration will "immediately" begin searching for another site.

Mulvaney had said the south Florida venue was "the best place" among a dozen USA locations considered for the June 10 to 12 gathering next year. He insisted his staff had concluded it used to be "far and away the good bodily facility".

The G7 reversal is yet another backtrack from Mulvaney's White House press conference.

Mulvaney said Sunday he hasn't offered his resignation to Trump over Thursday's press briefing.

"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 flawless physical location to do this", Mulvaney told reporters. Host Chris Wallace pushed back, saying, "He's the president of the United States".

The president said he had offered the resort at "no profit" to himself because it had the features that are needed to host the large gathering, was next to the global airport, and would save taxpayer dollars.

After criticism from Democrats and some Republicans, Trump posted on Twitter a change in plans for the summit involving the seven nations.

Trump's U-turn came just 30 minutes after he tweeted his reasoning for wanting to host the summit on his own grounds. The annual heads-of-whisper gathering would at minimal hold offered goodwill value to his property.

The president announced the reversal in a pair of tweets late Saturday.

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN that conducting the G7 at one of Trump's properties was "completely out of the question".

Trump has repeatedly accused former Democratic presidential nomination hopeful Joe Biden's family of profiting from public office because of Hunter Biden's business activities in Ukraine when his father was vice president.

The summit was held at the presidential retreat of Camp David in Maryland, some 60 miles from Washington, in 2012, when it was hosted by then-President Barack Obama. He added that it was too small and remote for the global summit. But convention, economic development and tourism officials in several of those states said they were unaware of any visits, and some didn't even know their state was in the running.

'Yeah, but it's his background, ' Mulvaney said, adding, 'he's in the hotel business, or at least he was before he was president'.

"He still considers himself to be in the hospitality business", said Mulvaney. "Will we end up putting on an excellent G-7 someplace else?"

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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