G-7 summit to be held at Trump resort in Miami in June
- The 2020 G-7 summit of world leaders will take place at the president's golf property in Florida, the Trump National Doral Miami, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Thursday.
- Mulvaney fended off questions about whether hosting the summit of world leaders at the president's own property would violate ethics rules, saying Trump would not profit.
The 2020 G-7 summit of world leaders will take place at President Donald Trump's golf property in Florida, the Trump National Doral Miami, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Thursday.
Mulvaney said at a White House briefing that "it was almost like they built this facility" to host the G-7, which will take place during the second week of June.
And he fended off questions about whether hosting the summit of world leaders at the president's own property would violate ethics rules, saying Trump would not profit. He said that the resort will host the event "at cost" to the attendees.
Trump "doesn't profit from being here, he has no interest in profiting from being here," Mulvaney said.
While Doral was not the only option, it was the best option, Mulvaney told reporters. He said the location will save the United States "millions" of dollars. Mulvaney, who also serves as director of the Office of Management and Budget, declined to provide cost figures.
"Doral was by far and away, by far and away the best physical location," Mulvaney said.
Mulvaney, who in recent weeks has come under scrutiny for his involvement in the Ukraine scandal being investigated by congressional Democrats, also responded to questions from reporters about whether hosting the event at Doral was the kind of abuse of power that Trump has tried to pin on former Vice President Joe Biden without evidence.
"There's no profit here, clearly there's profit with the Bidens," Mulvaney said.
There is no evidence that Biden used his office to benefit his family, as Trump and his allies have claimed.
Hosting the G-7 at Doral has long been on the mind of the president, who has advocated that his property be used, including during this year's event.
"They love the location of the hotel, they also like the fact is it right next to the airport for convenience," Trump said during the 2019 summit, which was hosted in Biarritz, France.
Trump has also attended G-7 summits in Italy and Canada.
The G-7, or Group of Seven, is an informal intergovernmental organization of seven countries, including the U.S. as well as Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, which meets annually to discuss pressing global economic issues.
The presidency of the G-7 rotates among the countries, and the United States will take the role in January 2020.
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