The American president, Donald Trump, canceled on Saturday his plan to hold the next G7 leaders summit at his own golf club in Miami (Florida), after a strong controversy over the benefits that it would have meant for his business organization to host the appointment.
"Due to the Crazy and Irrational Hostility of the media and the Democrats, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, in Miami, as the headquarters (of the summit) of the G7 in 2020," Trump wrote in his latest Twitter account. Saturday time.
"We will immediately start looking for another place, including the possibility of (the official presidential residence of) Camp David (Maryland). Thank you!"RELATED
The head of the White House interim cabinet, Mick Mulvaney, had announced last Thursday the selection of Trump National Doral as the venue for the next summit of the so-called Group of 7 (G7), which in 2020 corresponds to host the United States and which will be held from June 10 to 12.
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Mulvaney justified the decision by considering that the golf club was "by far the best complex" to organize the summit and assured that Trump would not profit from the event, but immediately generated a wave of criticism and the impression that the president was looking for refloat a place whose income has fallen 69% in the last two years.
"I thought I was doing something very good for the country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, to gather the leaders of the G7," Trump said on Twitter minutes before announcing his decision.
"It's huge, great, with hundreds of acres, next to the Miami International Airport, it has tremendous ballrooms and meeting rooms, and each delegation would have had their own buildings of 50 or 70 rooms," he continued.
Trump said his club was "better than other alternatives" and that he was willing to organize the G7 there "without any benefit, if legally possible, at zero cost to the United States."
"But, as usual, the hostile media and their Democratic partners went crazy!"
The announcement about Doral's selection had come at a time of strong scrutiny about Trump's decisions, both those related to Ukraine that have earned him an investigation prior to a political trial and his order to withdraw US troops from northern Syria just before the Turkish offensive.
For many Republicans who were balancing to defend him on those two issues, the sum of the announcement on the G7 turned out to be too much.
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"We have to try to defend him, but I don't know if I can do it anymore! I have no doubt that Doral is a very good place. But this is politically insensitive. They had to have known the answer he was going to bring, (the impression) that he is doing for his own benefit, "Republican Congressman Mike Simpson told The Washington Post on Friday.
Several Republican lawmakers pressured the White House to change their minds, while the independent group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) denounced that Trump was "using the power of his office to help save his decadent business-related businesses. Golf".
When he won the election in 2016, the ex-real estate realm gave his two older sons control of the Trump Organization, but did not liquidate his interests in those businesses.
His mandate has been dotted with indications that he could profit from his position, with more than 2,300 cases of conflicts of interest accounted for by the CREW organization.