Donald Trump: G7 summit won’t take place at his Florida resort
Oct. 19 (UPI) — President Donald Trump on Saturday night announced that next year’s G7 economic conference won’t take place next summer at Trump National Doral Golf Course near Miami, reversing a decision two days ago.
“Therefore, based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020,” he tweeted around 10 p.m. “We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!”
One hour before, he defended the original decision on Twitter but hadn’t announced plans would change.
“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders,” Trump tweeted. “It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!”
The White House had said the event would be run “at cost,” or without profit by the Trump Organization because of the emoluments clause of the Constitution that prohibits the president from accepting gifts and money from foreign governments.
But member of Congress suggested there was value because of the publicity of conducting the summit at the property.
“I read the emoluments clause again yesterday,” U.S. Rep. Adam, a Republican from Illinois told CNN on Friday, “and it talks about titles and nobility and all this. I don’t know if it’s a direct violation, but I don’t understand why at this moment they had to do it.”
“The American people are much more concerned about not where it happens, but what happens at the event,” GOP Rep. Jim Jordan told CNN.
“Trump never admits being wrong on anything,” he tweeted. Now, after fierce criticism for clear self-dealing, he says he won’t hold G-7 at his own hotel after all. One more sign that he is feeling threatened and running scared.”
The next G-7 is scheduled for June 10-12. This year’s event was held Aug. 24-26 in the resort town of Biarritz, France, from where he first suggested his Doral property would be an ideal location.
The G-7 consists of the the United States, Italy, Japan, France, Great Britain, Canada and Germany. Russia was voted out in 2014 though Trump wants the nation back in.