Next year’s G-7 gathering of the leaders of the world’s biggest economies will take place at a President Trump’s Doral golf resort outside of Miami, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Thursday. “We used a lot of the same criteria used by past administrations,” Mulvaney said. He later said it was almost as though the resort had been purpose-built for the event.
The Trump administration’s decision to host the high-profile international summit at Doral is sure to stoke the ongoing controversy about Trump’s decision to maintain his ownership of his businesses while also serving as president. Trump made his interest in holding the summit at Doral known in August, while attending this year’s gathering in France. “We haven’t found anything that could even come close to competing with it,” Trump said.
Q in briefing room: How does the president continue to attack the Bidens for a conflict of interest when he is hosting the G7 at his private club?
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 17, 2019
Mick Mulvaney is defending choosing Trump Doral as the site for the next G7. He said, Trump is “not making any profit” and that the property is doing it “at cost.” He also said the govt looked at places in Hawaii, Utah, Cali. But he says Doral is “perfect” and saving “millions.”
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 17, 2019
Mulvaney says Trump will not profit from having G-7 at Doral resort. He says there are no marketing benefits to Trump since his name is already one of the most famous in English language
— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) October 17, 2019
Mick Mulvaney claims holding the G7 at Trump's Doral resort will be cheaper than other sites. It doesn't matter. Holding the conference there enriches Trump, and the White House knows it. pic.twitter.com/JezyjRDFMi
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 17, 2019
In addition to touting Doral as the "best place" for the G7 (cites alleged costs savings), Mulvaney disparages Camp David as a "miserable" place for the global summit, citing Obama holding it there in 2012.
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) October 17, 2019
Having been caught red-handed secretly abusing his office, the president has pivoted back to corruptly abusing his office out in the open.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 17, 2019
Mulvaney’s statement that Trump will not profit personally from this decision is total BS. This will violate the Domestic Emoluments Clause of Article II for sure.https://t.co/h7PqVSRbyG
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 17, 2019