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Trump drops plans to host G7 at his Miami resort

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Via Financial Times

Donald Trump has reversed his decision to use his own golf club in Miami to host next year’s G7 summit, following accusations he was profiting illegally from the presidency.

The US president tweeted on Saturday night that he had decided not to host the next summit at his Doral golf course in Florida, just two days after his administration announced he had chosen the luxury resort as the venue for the meeting.

“I thought I was doing something very good for our country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 leaders,” Mr Trump tweeted, before again promoting the resort’s amenities. “But, as usual, the hostile media & Democrat partners went CRAZY!”

He added: “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. We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!”

The Trump administration sparked controversy earlier in the week after announcing Doral as the choice for next year’s G7.

Defending that announcement, Mick Mulvaney, Mr Trump’s chief of staff, said: “[Doral] is not the only place. It is the best place.”

But the decision prompted renewed accusations that the president was using his office to boost his own business interests. Members of Congress were reportedly working on a formal condemnation of the choice, arguing it violated the emoluments clause of the US constitution, which bans officials from taking gifts from foreign governments. 

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Days earlier, a federal appeals court had revived a separate lawsuit claiming the president’s ownership of the Trump Hotel in Washington DC also violated the emoluments clause.

Barack Obama used Camp David, a presidential retreat in Maryland, to host the G8 summit in 2012.

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