Trump scraps plan to host G-7 at his Florida golf resort

Tuesday, 22 Oct, 2019

"Yeah, but that's his background", Mulvaney said.

President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he would no longer host the next G-7 Summit at his personal Miami resort, Trump National Doral Miami, citing backlash for selecting his own property to host the diplomatic event.

Trump has acknowledged numerous central facts related to the call, maintaining that none of it amounted to wrongdoing or a demand for a "quid pro quo", a Latin phrase meaning a favour in exchange for a favour. "I'm surprised that they allow me to give up my $400,000 Plus Presidential Salary!"

Beyond questions about the ethics of a president awarding a massive summit to himself, there were also security questions: How could anyone seal off a sprawling resort set among neighborhoods and office parks?

Democrats said their fact sheet and video show Trump "believes he is above the law" and that "House Republicans' complicity and silence only serves to keep him there".

"Did I have the ideal press conference, no", Mulvaney said on "Fox News Sunday".

In a grilling on "Fox News Sunday", anchor Chris Wallace declared, "Anyone listening to what you said in that briefing could come to only one conclusion".

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, center, arrives for a joint interview with the House Committees on Capitol Hill, Oct. 17, 2019. The shortage of viable replacements has kept other officials in their posts months after he soured on them. Holding the job of acting chief of staff since January, Mulvaney has frustrated aides who saw him as less willing than his predecessors to challenge the president.

Other White House officials denied that Mulvaney, a former SC representative who's among the longest serving officials in the Trump administration, is at risk of being pushed out.

He has also clashed with White House counsel Pat Cipollone, sometimes mentioned as a potential Mulvaney successor, over strategy and tactics in response to impeachment.

Even before the Doral announcement, lawmakers were probing Trump's suggestion at the most recent G7 gathering in France in August that the next one could be hosted at one of his resorts.

"And it became apparent at the end of that process that Doral was, by far and away - far and away - the best physical facility for this meeting", he said. The push was largely being driven by the president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, they said, whom diplomats were being told to work with on Ukraine policy, according to United States ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who said he was disappointed by the directive.

A source familiar with Trump's thinking told CNN on Sunday that after watching media coverage this weekend about Mulvaney's Thursday news conference and performance in attempting to try to clean it up, the President is increasingly frustrated with his acting chief of staff's ability to properly communicate their impeachment strategy.

Whatever the reason, Trump's decision to withdraw the G-7 from Doral deserves no praise whatsoever.

If the Doral decision hadn't been made when it was, "we wouldn't have had the press conference on Thursday regarding - regarding everything else", Mulvaney said on Fox.