Doral will No Longer Host G-7 Summit

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2019

The White House has defended its decision to host the summit at the Trump National Doral in Miami in recent days.

In an abrupt reversal Saturday night, Donald Trump tweeted that his Florida property would not be used for next year's G7 summit after the President fielded backlash from critics this week.

An hour before Trump's announcement, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the selection of Doral for the summit. "A president should never be able to use the office for personal gain", the former vice president said.

Mulvaney downplayed questions about the appearance of a conflict of interest for the president, insisting that there would be no profit and that the resort was "far and away the best choice".

Donald Trump was the first one to officially float the idea of hosting the summit at the Trump National Doral as he praised the facilities it provided and it being close to the Miami International airport and this led to the Democrats and other groups berating the president was using his position to increase his personal wealth.

During Thursday's press briefing, Mulvaney dismissed the possibility of returning to Camp David to hold the gathering, describing it as "too small" and "too remote".

"I understand the folks who participated in it hated it and thought it was a miserable place to have the G-7", he said. "We get that, but we're still going there", Mulvaney had told reporters.

Mulvaney this week said the worldwide event from June 10-12, 2020, was much cheaper than other potential venues in California, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Florida because Doral would host it "at cost". 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. Democrats also planned to require the White House to present information to justify why the administration decided on Doral.

The Group of Seven meeting, between Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and the United States plus the European Union, takes place between 10 and 12 June next year.

Mulvaney said the White House had considered a dozen sites, which included spots in California, Florida, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.

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