Uncharacteristically, President Trump backed down from a controversy. He tweeted late Saturday night that the Trump National Doral Miami resort would not host the next G7 summit.
The White House had announced just two days earlier that the G7 Summit would take place there.
Trump tweeted, “I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. 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!”
Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, told ABC News that Trump had suggested his own property as a place for the G7 Summit. In his tweet, the president said that Camp David was now a possibility. However, Mulvaney had criticized Camp David as “a complete disaster.”
ABC News quoted a branding expert who said that Trump was profiting from this exposure.
“You want to know who benefits? The president benefits. His properties benefit,” stated Robert Passikoff, founder of Brand Keys, Inc.
“This is self-dealing,” said another expert quoted by ABC. ‘This is the utmost grifting and arrogance.’
A former White House official told Politico that Trump boasts about his properties at every chance he gets.
“He talks up his properties every chance he gets with anyone — with staff, with members of Congress, with the press, with the public, with foreign leaders, with anyone. That’s what he has done. He’s been a salesman.”
Of course such grifting is unethical “self-dealing” and often illegal or even unconstitutional as in the case of the G7.