The White House announced on Thursday that President Donald Trump will host the G-7 economic summit next year at his Doral golf resort in Miami, Florida.
According to White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, the administration used the same set of criteria that previous administrations have used in choosing the venue for the G-7 summit.
"I was skeptical," White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters. "Which is why I was so surprised when the advance team called back" to say that the Doral facility was the best option for the event.
"It's not the only place," Mulvaney said. "It's the best place."
Mulvaney also said Trump would not be profiting from the G-7 summit in "any way, shape or form." However, the acting chief of staff acknowledged that some critics have pointed out that by hosting the G-7 summit there, it would already create a profit by highlight the resort and Trump's brand.
"I've heard that before ... I would simply ask you all to consider the possibility that Donald Trump's brand is already strong enough on its own," he told reporters.
Trump previously indicated that he wanted to host next year's summit at his resort in Miami, telling reporters at the most recent G-7 in France that his resort was a "great place."
"It's got tremendous acreage, many hundreds of acres, so we can handle whatever happens,” Trump said during an Aug. 26 meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "It has buildings that have 50 to 70 units in them, so each delegation can have its own building."
Mulvaney was also asked how hosting the G-7 summit at one of the president's resorts was any different than Trump's recently allegations that Hunter Biden has profited off his father's name and influence.
"First of all, there's no profit here. Clearly, there's profit with the Bidens," Mulvaney said, adding: "The Trump family made their money before they went into politics, that's a big difference."
The G-7 Summit traditionally rotates between sites that have been chosen by the member nations as well as by the European Union. The last time it was held in the United States was in 2012 when then-President Barack Obama hosted the event at Camp David in Maryland.
The announcement by the White House comes after House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said last month his committee would investigating the White House's decision to host the G-7 summit at Trump's properties and would be requesting White House documents to determine the legality of the summit in Miami.
"Hosting the G7 Summit at Doral implicates both the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses, because it would entail both foreign and U.S. government spending to benefit the President, the latter potentially including both federal and state expenditures. More importantly, the Doral decision reflects perhaps the first publicly known instance in which foreign governments would be required to pay President Trump's private businesses in order to conduct business with the United States," Nadler said.
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