U.S. President Donald Trump changed his mind about hosting the G-7 summit at his private Florida golf resort next year because many of his Republican allies believed it was a bad idea, The Washington Post reports.
Trump tweeted late Saturday that he decided to change his plans because "as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY” when he said he would host the meeting at a golf resort he owns in Miami.
.....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
But, according to the Post, Trump backed down from the G-7 plans after many his Republican supporters in Congress say they are getting tired of looking for ways to defend him against the image of impropriety.
The newspaper says the president’s allies believe hosting a summit at his resort bolsters the Democrats' argument that Trump should be impeached.
Trump last week touted the Doral resort as the ideal place for an international summit.
I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2019
But even under those conditions, the president's business could conceivably rake in millions of dollars through a government contract.
The U.S. Constitution bans presidents from receiving "emoluments" -- fees paid by foreign governments or others.
Trump said he turned over his business interests to his sons when he became president.
Democrats complain that the president has already violated the rule against profiting from his office by consistently visiting or renting out his resorts in the U.S., Ireland, and Scotland.
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney did not help Trump's assertion that his real estate empire would not profit by his presidency when Mulvaney told Fox television Sunday that at the end of the day, Trump "still considers himself to be in the hospitality business."
Trump says the White House is now looking at other sites for the G-7 summit, including the Camp David presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains, north of Washington.