Trump Renounces To Hold G7 Summit At His Own Golf Facility After Criticism
US President Donald Trump has been forced to abandon his plan to hold the G7 summit he will host next year at one of his own golf facilities in Florida after criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.
Trump’s plan was also criticized by both parties, citing it as ‘evidence of using the position for self-interest’.
Trump, on the other hand, said in his tweets that he thought he was doing very well for his country, that he would not profit from it if legally possible.
Trump said: “I thought I would do very well for my country by welcoming the G7 leaders at Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. It’s a very large, hundreds of Scorpions [040 hectares of land measurement] and it’s right next to Miami International Airport. They have great ballrooms and meeting rooms. Each delegation would have 50-70 rooms. Better than their alternative. I said I would make no profit from it, legally if possible, and I would do it without any expense to the United States. But as usual, the hostile media and their Democratic accompanists have gone mad,” he wrote.
Mick Mulvaney, the White House Deputy Secretary of state who first announced the summit would be held in Miami, said it would host the summit “at the cost of it” and save millions of dollars.
But those who oppose it argue that the G7 summit will be advertised as a golf hotel.
Holding the summit at his own hotel also contravenes the U.S. Constitution’s clause that “prohibits profit, gain or advantage from foreign governments without congressional approval.”
There have also been comments that Trump has failed to generate much revenue from his golf resort and is trying to re-raise money through the summit.
The House of Representatives is expected to adopt a bill next week condemning Trump’s decision.
And last month, the US Air Force had also asked for the accounts to be checked, after it emerged that some of its personnel were staying at Trump’s golf facilities in Scotland.
The 46th G7 Leaders Summit, which will be attended by the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain, the US and the EU, will be held on June 10-12, 2020.
The summit was held in 2012 at Camp David in Maryland, about 100 miles outside Washington, during Barack Obama’s presidency.