October 18, 2019
There’s a Yiddish word for it: Chutzpah. In what seems to be an outright and unmitigated violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution–which forbids U.S. officials from accepting payments from foreign governments—America will host the 2020 G-7 Summit next June at the president’s own resort property in Miami, the Trump National Doral, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday at the White House.
According to a report by The Hill, the decision is certain to provoke challenges from Democrats and ethics watchdog groups—all of whom will argue that the president is seeking to enrich his family’s brand by bringing world leaders to a Trump property.
Trump first signaled in the closing days of this year’s G-7 summit in France that his Doral resort was the front-runner to host next year’s gathering of world leaders. He boasted during his press conference in Biarritz about the property’s accommodations and proximity to Miami, The Hill noted.
“I think it’s just a great place to be. I think having it in Miami is fantastic. Really fantastic,” he said at the time. “Having it at that particular place, because of the way it’s set up, each country can have their own villa, or their own bungalow. And the bungalows, when I say, they have a lot of units in them. So I think it just works out well.”
“We thought of the 12 places that we looked at… this was by far and away the best choice,” Mulvaney said. He did not say why the Doral had been considered the best selection.
More specifically, he explained, White House staff looked at a dozen potential host sites. The list was eventually narrowed to two options in Utah, one in Hawaii, and one in Florida, Mulvaney said.
He insisted that Trump—who, notably absented himself from the press conference— would not profit from the gathering. He asserted that it would be “dramatically cheaper” to host the event at Doral because the facility had agreed to host the G-7 at cost.
” There’s no issue here on him profiting from this in any way, shape, or form,” Mulvaney said. ”
The United States last hosted the then-G-7 Summit in 2012 at Camp David in Maryland.
Research contact: @thehill