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Posted at: Oct 21, 2019, 7:35 AM; last updated: Oct 21, 2019, 7:35 AM (IST)

Trump drops plan to host G-7 at his Florida resort

Trump drops plan to host G-7 at his Florida resort
Donald Trump, US President - File photo

Washington, October 20

Responding to stinging criticism, President Donald Trump has abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders’ meeting at his Doral, Florida, golf resort next year.

Trump announced a rare backtrack on Saturday night after facing accusations that he was using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the international summit at a private resort owned by his family.

“Based on both Media and Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020,” Trump tweeted.

He said his administration “will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately”.

The striking reversal raises further doubts about the position of the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, who held a press conference on Thursday announcing the choice of Doral for the summit.

He insisted his staff had concluded it was “far and away the best physical facility”. Mulvaney said the White House reached that determination after visiting 10 sites across the country. — AP

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