Trump nixes plan to host G-7 meeting at his own Florida resort

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FILE – This June 2, 2017 file frame from video shows the Trump National Doral in Doral, Fla. The White House says it has chosen President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Miami as the site for next year’s Group of Seven summit. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz, File)

(CBS) — President Trump has taken his Doral, Florida, resort out of consideration to host next year’s G-7 summit of world leaders, the president said Saturday on Twitter. “We will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”

The Trump administration faced immediate push back when acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Thursday that Doral had been selected.

“It’s not the only place. It’s the best place,” Mulvaney said in a press conference. The White House briefing was Mulvaney’s first since taking on the acting chief of staff role at the turn of the year.

On Sunday, Mulvaney said the president was “honestly surprised” at the pushback against hosting the summit at his club.

“At the end of the day, he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business, and he wanted to put on the best show to the leaders of the world,” Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday.”

The U.S. is responsible for hosting next year’s G-7 summit and Mr. Trump indicated at the most recent G-7 summit in France that he wanted to hold it at his Florida club.

The president insisted he doesn’t care about profiting from it, even as he advertised the features of Trump National Doral Miami.

Trump only listed Camp David as an alternative location for the 2020 G-7. It’s unclear if there are other venues under consideration.

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