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Trump abandons plan to host G7 summit at his Miami golf course after criticism

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US President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to host next year's G7 summit at one of his resorts in Florida after bipartisan criticism.

In a series of late tweets, Mr Trump said he was reversing the idea because of "crazed and irrational hostility" by Democrats and the media.

Critics said the plan was evidence of Mr Trump using the office for personal gain, which the White House denied.

Mr Trump said the presidential retreat at Camp David could host the G7 summit.

The decision to use Trump National Doral Miami, announced on Thursday, was condemned by Congressional lawmakers, including some of the president's Republican allies.

In one of his tweets, Mr Trump said his resort was "big, grand" with "tremendous ballrooms [and] meeting rooms".

"I thought I was doing something very good for our country by using Trump National Doral," he said. "But, as usual, the hostile media [and] their democrat partners went CRAZY!"

In announcing the decision, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said the event would be made available "at cost" and that using the resort, described by him as "the best place", would save millions of dollars.

However many said the resort would also benefit from a huge amount of publicity.

Mr Mulvaney also denied hosting the summit would breach the Emoluments Clause of the US constitution, which prohibits any "profit, gain, or advantage" from foreign governments without congressional approval.

What is the Trump National Doral?

  • The 800-acre resort boasts five golf courses, 700 hotel rooms, a spa, conference rooms and shops
  • Located about eight miles (13 km) from Miami's airport, the property was acquired by Mr Trump out of bankruptcy in 2012
  • According to its website, the Doral has several ballrooms, including one named after the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump
  • The Miami Herald reported in May that the Doral had been &quRead More – Source

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