US President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to host next year’s G7 summit at one of his resorts in Florida after bipartisan criticism.
In a series of late tweets, Trump said he was reversing the idea because of “crazed and irrational hostility” by Democrats and the media.
Critics said the plan was evidence of Mr Trump using the office for personal gain, which the White House denied.
According to a BBC News report, Trump said the presidential retreat at Camp David could host the G7 summit. The decision to use Trump National Doral Miami, announced on Thursday, was condemned by Congressional lawmakers, including some of the president’s Republican allies.
In one of his tweets, Trump said his resort was “big, grand” with “tremendous ballrooms [and] meeting rooms”.
“I thought I was doing something very good for our country by using Trump National Doral,” he said. “But, as usual, the hostile media [and] their democrat partners went CRAZY!”
In announcing the decision, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said the event would be made available “at cost” and that using the resort, described by him as “the best place”, would save millions of dollars. However many said the resort would also benefit from a huge amount of publicity.
Mulvaney also denied hosting the summit would breach the Emoluments Clause of the US constitution, which prohibits any “profit, gain, or advantage” from foreign governments without congressional approval.
But Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog, told AP news agency then: “The president is now officially using the power of his office to help prop up his struggling golf business.”
The House of Representatives had been expected to vote next week on a resolution condemning the decision. Democrats also planned to require the White House to present information to justify why the administration decided on Doral.
The Group of Seven meeting, between Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and the US plus the EU, takes place between 10 and 12 June next year.
The summit was held at the presidential retreat of Camp David in Maryland, some 60 miles from Washington, in 2012, when it was hosted by then-President Barack Obama. (UNI)