President Trump said Monday he was likely to hold next year’s Group of Seven summit at his struggling Doral resort, meaning he would personally profit from one of the world’s most prestigious gatherings of foreign leaders. w/@Fahrenthold: https://t.co/mjvTO1rLNK
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 26, 2019
… That decision would be an unprecedented use of American power to create private revenue for the American president. If Trump does choose Doral, he would be directing six world leaders, hundreds of hangers-on and massive amounts of money to a resort he owns personally — and which, according to his company’s representatives, has been “severely underperforming.”
Trump spoke from Biarritz, the French resort town that hosted this year’s G-7 meeting. It was typical of other recent summit sites: Luxe but secluded, pretty enough for photo shoots, and sufficiently isolated to be sealed off for security. The past two meetings hosted by the United States have been held at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, and on a resort island in Georgia.
But Trump said his advisers have searched the nation and decided the most suitable spot for the 2020 summit is something different: A golf club set among drab office parks near the Miami airport.
It just happened to be his golf club, Trump said.
“They went to places all over the country, and they came back and they said, ‘This is where we’d like to be,’ ” Trump said. “It’s not about me. It’s about getting the right location.” He praised the club’s ample parking — as if world leaders generally lost time at summits while circling the parking lot…
Actually, the Russians and Chinese probably have it wired too https://t.co/wbW0DJI58A
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) August 26, 2019
This is the official account for the White House promoting Trump’s private resort in Miami as location for next G7. Your tax dollars at work… for Trump. https://t.co/sJlie0dxLR
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 27, 2019
This rant about how much it has cost him to be president is epic. Instead of reassuring the American people that he will not profit from the presidency, he’s making a case for why he deserves to wet his beak a little bit on next year’s G7.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) August 26, 2019
I’ve stayed at the Doral. It’s a glorified Ramada with a nice golf course. https://t.co/jyLiEDh6ac
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) August 26, 2019
"Trump personally enriching himself while hobnobbing with globalist elites isn’t exactly what those 'forgotten men and women' … voted for, is it?"
—@ThePlumLineGS on POTUS using the G7 to promote his Doral resort. https://t.co/LJVja84Lbv
— Will Saletan (@saletan) August 26, 2019
Can't wait to see how much he charges the GSA for work to bring it up to standards required for such an event. https://t.co/zSZMckrXwm
— Schooley (@Rschooley) August 26, 2019
Trump, asked about inviting Russia back into the G8 ahead of the 2020 election, says he doesn’t think about the political aspect: “I think I’m winning based on polls.”
— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) August 26, 2019
Remember when the President said that he’d happily accept foreign interference on behalf of his re-election campaign and would only tell the FBI if the information turned out to be wrong? That was two months ago.
— Seth Masket (@smotus) August 27, 2019