It looks like the left has gotten their way again and has carped enough that President Trump has canceled the G-7 summit at his Doral resort in Florida. It’s probably for the best as the left would use that against him over and over again because of the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution: “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” I think it is a severe stretch to say holding the summit at Doral would violate that clause but oh well.
Understand that Trump was going to charge everyone attending next to nothing for the summit. As far as I can determine, being president has hurt Trump’s business, not enriched it as the left would have you believe. At any rate, the pressure and outrage were such that Trump tweeted out last night that the Doral venue was scrapped. The last time the G-7 summit was held here it was in 2012 at Camp David in Maryland and by all accounts was not ideal, to put it mildly.
I believe Trump when he said he thought this would be a good thing. The surroundings would be comfortable and luxurious for the leaders and the Trump administration would be able to control the proceedings. The media went ballistic over the venue and so did the Democrats. Even a few Republicans turned on Trump over it. Any little thing concerning Trump now causes a major uproar here. It’s just ridiculous.
“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,” the president tweeted. “We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!”
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 is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building,” Trump tweeted.
I have reserved accommodations for clients at the Doral and it is a spectacular place to stay. The left just has to ruin things for everyone.
….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
From Fox News:
“The president followed up by saying he had offered to host the summit at no profit to himself to avoid concerns about “emoluments violations.” He said if it were legally permissible, he’d offer to host the summit at no cost to the U.S.
“Democratic lawmakers claimed Friday that past G-7 summits have cost “upwards of $40 million.”
“But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!” Trump wrote.
“Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney announced Thursday that next year’s G-7 meeting would be held at Trump National Doral Golf Club June 10-12, after months of speculation.
“The president has made it clear that he doesn’t profit from being here,” Mulvaney said during the briefing. “The resort is doing it at cost. … It’s much cheaper to do it at Doral than at other sites [that were being considered.]”
“Mulvaney said the decision would save taxpayers millions because the resort would provide its services at cost.
“The Trump family made their money before they went into politics,” Mulvaney added later, to assuage any accusations the president might be profiting from his office.
…..its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2019
“Trump first made the suggestion to have the 2020 G-7 at his Doral resort in August at the 2019 summit in France, sparking controversy over the ethics of a president potentially profiting from an official government event.
“One day after Mulvaney’s announcement, a trio of Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation to block the president from hosting next year’s summit.
“Reps. Lois Frankel from Florida, Bennie Thompson from Mississippi and Steve Cohen from Tennessee proposed the Trump’s Heist Undermines the G-7 (TH*G) Act. A companion bill sponsored by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., will be introduced in the Senate, according to lawmakers.
“The House bill would prohibit funding for the three-day summit in June. It would also require Trump to submit to Congress documents related to the decision to host the summit at Doral, lawmakers said.”
President Trump was willing to make no profit at all here to save taxpayers millions. That means there would be no violation of the Emoluments Clause regardless of what Democrats and the hysterical media claim. Trust me, it this had been Obama or Hillary, the tenor of all this would have been radically different. They would have been hailed for putting the American peoples’ interests first. But since it was Trump, he was vilified and maligned for it as usual.
Trump’s legion of attorneys had reviewed and approved the location. Sheer bitter, partisan politics has caused this reversal. It’s a shame and frankly, the Democrats should be given a bill for the G-7 summit because of this stunt.