President’s Florida golf resort may host 2020 gathering
BIARRITZ, France – President Donald Trump said Monday his golf resort in Doral, Florida, is a strong contender to host next year’s G-7 summit.
The United States will host next year’s gathering, which brings together leaders of the world’s most industrialized countries.
The former real estate developer brushed aside longstanding ethical questions about having his properties used for official business. Without providing evidence to back up the claim, the president said he is losing billions of dollars each year in the White House.
“Probably it’ll cost me anywhere from three to five billion dollars to be president,” Trump told reporters at the conclusion of the G-7 meeting. “The only thing I care about is this country – couldn’t care less, otherwise I wouldn’t have done it.”
The host city of the next year’s summit has not been chosen, but Trump said it will probably be held in Miami. Trump National Doral Miami, a golf resort and hotel, is one of the sites in the running to host the meeting, he said.
“They love the location of the hotel,” Trump said during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at this year’s G-7 gathering in southwest France. “We haven’t found anything else close to competing with it.”
He touted the venue further during his press conference.
“We have incredible conference rooms, incredible restaurants,” Trump said. “It’s like – it’s like such a natural.”
Trump said the golf resort is in a good location because it is near Miami International Airport. “You can be there in a matter of minutes after you land,” he said.
This year’s G-7, which opened Saturday, concluded Monday.
Trump dismissed questions about the ethical concerns of hosting an official event at one of his properties.
“In my opinion, I’m not going to make any money,” he said.
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