Trump will not host G7 at Florida golf resort

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

President Trump announced that he's dropping his plan to host next year's Group of Seven meeting of the leaders of the world's biggest economies at his Miami-area golf club.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday abandoned plans to host the next G7 summit at his own golf resort in Florida after coming under fire from Democrats as well as Republicans and other critics who said he sought to personally profit from his presidency.

Mulvaney said the White House reached that determination after visiting 10 sites across the country.

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

Some of Mr. Trump's Republican allies said it was hard to defend the Doral decision and that it came at a politically sensitive time for the president, who is fending off an impeachment inquiry over Ukraine and widespread criticism over his decision to pull troops from the Turkish-Syrian border.

The firestorm is a self-inflicted political wound for Trump at a time when the White House is battling on a dizzying array of other, more consequential, fronts.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Friday introduced legislation to block Trump's plan, in a move that would have likely faced an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The bookended performances over the span of a few days were panned by the president's allies and cast doubt on Mulvaney's job security at the White House.

The burgeoning inquiry is probing allegations that the president abused the power of his office by withholding USA aid to Ukraine while demanding that the country investigate his domestic political adversaries.

In his tweet, Trump seemed to indicate he might hold a summit at a site that wasn't on that list: Camp David, the famous presidential retreat in rural Maryland. "One more sign that he is feeling threatened and running scared".

Whatever the reason, Trump's decision to withdraw the G-7 from Doral deserves no praise whatsoever.

Speaking on "Fox & Friends" on Sunday Huckabee said, "They [Democrats] went berserk over this".

Pressed about his comment that Trump still considers himself to be in the hospitality business, Mulvaney said: "It's his background".

The whistleblower's allegations, which became public in September, have been largely confirmed by the "courageous" testimony of several United States diplomats, one Democrat said, describing a series of closed-door interviews in the Capitol basement by lawmakers investigating the matter.

Mulvaney responded, "Yeah, but that's his background".

Hours after the briefing, Mulvaney tried to reverse his statement.

"That's what people are saying that I said, but I didn't say that", Mulvaney said.

Trump said they will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David.

"We talked about it at great length last night".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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