Trump drops plan to host G7 at his own golf resort

President Donald Trump has chosen Trump National Doral his golf resort outside Miami to host the 2020 G-7 summit

President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday night that he is no longer considering Trump National Doral as the host site for next year's G-7 summit. "We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately", he wrote.

After critics and ethic watchdogs criticised Trump, he denied any knowledge of that law and said he would not make any money by hosting the summit there.

Trump employees stand behind him in support at a campaign event at the golf club in 2016.

On Friday, new legislation to block the plan was introduced by Democrats in Congress, who have already opened an impeachment investigation into allegations that the president pressured Ukraine into interfering on his behalf in the 2020 U.S. election. Mulvaney later claimed his comments had been misconstrued, but not before drawing the ire of the president and frustration from other senior aides.

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The Republican president faces criticism and a number of congressional investigations over his finances and potential conflicts of interest stemming from his real estate business, which he still owns, and an impeachment inquiry into accusations that he pursued political interests in his dealings with Ukraine. The White House promoted Doral as the single best venue in all of the United States to host the G-7 next June, and the summit would have brought thousands of guests in the offseason to a resort that is struggling financially. The annual heads-of-state gathering would at minimum have provided goodwill value to his property. Trump cited what he termed "Crazed and Irrational Hostility" from Democrats and the news media in explaining the reversal.

An hour before Trump's announcement, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the selection of Doral for the summit. The property saw its net operating income decline 69 percent from 2015 to 2017, according to documents that the Trump Organization filed with Miami-Dade County.

The announcement followed earlier tweets in which he said he thought he "was doing something very good for our Country" by hosting world leaders at his Florida resort next year. "It was way too small".

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