President Donald Trump will host the next G-7 summit at his resort in Miami, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on Oct. 17.
Mulvaney, who said Trump National Doral would hold the June event “at cost,” responded to concerns about a possible conflict of interest.
“I would simply ask you all to consider the possibility that Donald Trumps brand is probably strong enough as it is, and he doesnt need any more help on that. Its the most recognizable name in the English language and probably around the world right now. So no, that has nothing to do with it,” he told reporters.
“I was skeptical. I was. I was aware of the political sort of criticism that wed come under for doing it at Doral. Which is why I was so surprised when the advance team called back and said, This is the perfect physical location to do this. So, I get the criticisms, so does he. Face it, hed be criticized regardless of what he chose to do. So no, theres no issue here of him profiting in any way, shape, or form.”
Asked what the difference was between Trump holding the G-7 at his resort and what hes accused former Vice President Joe Biden and Bidens son of doing, Mulvaney said the lack of profit for Trump was a key difference.
“Clearly, theres profit for the Bidens. And second of all, I think if theres one difference when you look at the Trump family and the Biden family, the Trump family made their money before they went into politics,” he said.
“There will be folks that will never get over that its a Trump property. We get that,” Mulvaney added. “Hes not making any money off of this, just like hes not making any money from working here.”
No documents about how the decision was made will be made public, Mulvaney told reporters.
Trump first mentioned on Aug. 26 the possibility that the G-7 summit, or the Group of Seven summit—a gathering of leaders from the seven largest advanced economies in the world—could be held at Doral.
While fielding questions from reporters during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump provided some insight into the progress his administration made in looking for a venue for the G-7 annual meeting.
“I dont think there will be any surprises,” Trump said. “Im not looking for surprises. I think well have a very successfRead More – Source