Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Thursday that the administration had chosen Trump National Doral resort in Miami as the site for next year’s G-7 summit — and like clockwork, the Democrats fell right in line with allegations of emoluments clause violations.
Perhaps in an effort to avoid dealing with such accusations altogether, President Trump announced on Saturday that he is cancelling plans to host the G-7 summit at the resort, Breitbart reports. The administration has already begun to consider alternative sites.
A change of venue
“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders,” Trump wrote in the first of a series of tweets on Saturday.
He continued: “It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms [and] meeting rooms, and each delegation would have…its own 50 to 70 unit building.”
Trump noted that the facility is also “set up better than other alternatives.”
But despite the fact that Trump announced he “would be willing to do it [at the resort] at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA,” Democrats weren’t having it.
“As usual, the Hostile Media [and] their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!” Trump tweeted. He went on:
….Therefore, 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2019
The bigger picture
According to Breitbart, Democrats had been preparing a resolution formally condemning the White House’s decision to host the summit at the Doral. But it seems those criticizing Trump are ignoring the bigger picture.
Trump mentioned in his tweets that the event, scheduled for June 10–12, 2020, will now likely be held at Camp David, the Maryland venue that last played host to the G-7 in 2012, when the summit was last held in the United States.
During Mulvaney’s briefing at the White House, however, the chief of staff noted that the presidential retreat in Maryland was highly criticized in 2012 for being “way too small” and “way too remote” to adequately accommodate the international gathering and all of the attendant media, who had to drive in from roughly one hour away, rather than be housed on-site.
The Doral resort, on the other hand, would reportedly provide ample space for the event without making security difficult; the facility can reportedly be easily sequestered off from the rest of Miami for security purposes. But that doesn’t seem to matter to Dems, who have once again proven that they’re willing to stand against Trump no matter the cost.