Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced Thursday that the 2020 G-7 summit of world leaders will be held at Trump National Doral Miami.
Mulvaney defended the decision to hold the G-7 at a Trump-owned property, saying that “Donald Trump’s brand is probably strong enough as it is.”
“It’s not the only place. It’s the best place,” Mulvaney said.
The U.S. is responsible for hosting next year’s G-7 summit, and President Trump indicated at the most recent G-7 summit in France that he wanted to hold it at his own private club in Florida. The president has insisted he doesn’t care about profiting from it, even as he advertised the features of Trump National Doral Miami.
Mulvaney said that it was Mr. Trump’s idea to hold the summit at Doral.
Mulvaney also said that there were ongoing discussions about whether Mr. Trump would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia was kicked out of the group for annexing Crimea.
“Doral happens to be within Miami, it’s a city, it’s a wonderful place, it’s a very very successful area of Florida,” Mr. Trump said during a press conference at the close of the G-7 summit in France. “It’s very importantly only five minutes from the airport, the airport’s right next door. It’s a big international airport, one of the biggest in the world.”
Watch Mulvaney speak live in the player above.
Major Garrett contributed to this report.