G-7 gathering will be held at Trump golf resort in Miami, White House says

WASHINGTON — The White House said Thursday it has chosen President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Miami as the site for next year’s Group of Seven summit.

DORAL, FL – JUNE 01: A sign reading Trump National Doral is seen on the grounds of the golf course owned by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on June 1, 2016 in Doral, Florida. Reports indicate that a PGA Tour event that has been held at the Trump National Doral since 1961 is heading to Mexico City in 2017. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The announcement comes at the same time that the president has accused Joe Biden’s family of profiting from public office because of Hunter Biden’s business activities in Ukraine when his father was vice president.

The G-7 summit will be held June 10 to 12. The idea of holding the event at Trump’s resort has been criticized by government ethics watchdogs.

Trump has touted his resort, saying it’s close to the airport, has plenty of hotel rooms and offers separate buildings for every delegation.

A team looking at the sites reported that it was “the perfect physical location to do this,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said. He said about a dozen potential sites were narrowed to a list of four finalists before Doral was selected.

“It’s almost like they built this facility to host this type of event,” Mulvaney said.

Holding the event at Doral would also be dramatically cheaper than other sites, he said.

US President Donald Trump holds a press conference in New York, September 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

“There’s no issue here on him profiting from this in any way, shape or form,” Mulvaney said.

When the United States has hosted the summit before, it has been held in Puerto Rico; Williamsburg, Virginia; Houston; Denver; Sea Island, Georgia; and Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

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