The G7 meetings will not be held at the Trump-owned Doral Miami resort after all.
If that were the end of it, we could chalk this up to a remarkably ill-conceived decision on the part of Trump & Co. – i.e. to put a huge, thus hugely profitable, summit in a venue where the Trump organization would reap those profits.
But this is Donald Trump we’re talking about. So, of course, that’s not the end of it. Here is what Mr. Trump tweeted after the decision was made:
“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!”
If this tweet is an accurate accounting of what happened – if Trump announced the hotel would be offered at no profit to his organization or at zero cost to the USA – not only did Donald Trump do nothing wrong, but now the G7 members will be deprived of an excellent venue for the Summit.
But did he? The fact that I did not see a report about such an announcement in mainstream media does not tell me one way or another because, lamentably, most mainstream media are so committed to upending the Trump presidency that they have long since forgone honest reporting about him.
So we are left with Mr. Trump either producing such an announcement (which assumes it was formally made, not just verbalized) or being vulnerable – very justifiably vulnerable – to charges that he is lying about doing so to cover his backside.
I wonder if we’ll ever know for sure.
UPDATE: In looking for the “announcement” referenced by Mr. Trump, I read Michael Collins’ August 26th article in USA Today, which contained the following:
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.
That comment – which qualifies as an “announcement” only in the most technical sense – is all I’ve found so far. If I find more I’ll let you know…and please do the same for me.