Trump: Okay, Maybe Hosting the G-7 at Doral Was a Little on the Nose  – News
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Trump: Okay, Maybe Hosting the G-7 at Doral Was a Little on the Nose – News


Just days after acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney torpedoed ethics concerns with news that Donald Trump would host the 2020 G-7 summit at his Doral golf resort in Florida, the president seemed to bow to critics “I thought I was doing something very good for our country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 leaders,” he tweeted late Saturday to announce a change in locale “But, as usual, the hostile media & Democrat partners went CRAZY!” Citing “both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility,” Trump vowed to find a new location for the Group of 7 summit, listing Camp David among the possibilities  https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1185726930764611589 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1185726931611852802 https://twitter com/realDonaldTrump/status/1185735579327193093 Barack Obama previously hosted the gathering—then a G-8 summit before Russia’s expulsion—at Camp David in 2012 During the initial announcement, Mulvaney claimed “I understand the folks who participated in it hated it” and thought Camp David was “a miserable place to have the G-7 ” Trump’s decision to host next year’s event at Doral—previously hinted at during this year’s G-7 meeting in Biarritz, France—drew widespread rebuke after its announcement, given the apparent conflict of interest and frequent accusations that Trump has attempted to profit off his presidency even before the G-7 announcement Mulvaney initially stated that the 2020 gathering would be held “at cost” to prevent Trump from profiting, without acknowledging the publicity boost the resort would get as a result The Doral has notably struggled to turn a profit since Trump purchased the resort out of bankruptcy in 2012, utilizing upwards of $100 million in loans from Deutsche Bank Most Popular Cover Story: Fame & Joaquin PhoenixBy Joe Hagan The Fantastically Profitable Mystery of the Trump Chaos TradesBy William D Cohan Ronan Farrow’s Producer on How NBC Killed Its Weinstein StoryBy Rich McHughAdvertisement At the time, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said in a statement, “This is unbelievable Given the potential consequences the president is facing for abusing the presidency for his own gain, we would have thought he would steer clear of blatant corruption, at least temporarily; instead he has doubled down on it The president is now officially using the power of his office to help prop up his struggling golf business ” House and Senate Democrats likewise introduced a bill that would have blocked the use of federal funds for the G-7, were it held at Doral  Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal called Trump’s reversal a sign of his tenuous grip on power “He backed down because of cracks in support from his own party, plain and simple,” Blumenthal said, according to The New York Times “The threat that his shattering Republican support on this issue and Syria potentially impacting the solid wall on impeachment — that all is threatening him more deeply than he ever expected ” The G-7 is scheduled for June 2020. It is unknown when a new location will be announced, though Mulvaney claimed several possibilities had been researched prior to Trump’s decision

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