US President Donald Trump said the next G7 summit will not be on his own Florida golf clubs, retracting a decision that sparked corruption accusations.
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulavaney announced the venue on Thursday, causing rage among Trump’s opponents in Congress, who called the act “among the most brazen examples yet of the president’s corruption.”
“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.
Meanwhile, Mulvaney said in his announcement that south Floride venue was “the best place” among other considerable location for the June 10-12 gathering next year.
“We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately,” he added.
Critics said pushing the event at Doral would violate both the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses that are designated to protect a US leader from outside influence.
“He is exploiting his office and making official US government decisions for his personal financial gain,” the chairman of Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, said in a statement.
Lastly, Congressional Democrats look to pass a new legislation called “Trump’s Heist Undermines the G-7 (THUG) Act,” which will cut off all federal funding for the move to Doral, and would require the White House to reveal all relevant documents that show how the administration officials finalize the venue.