Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney defended President Donald Trump’s preliminary option to host the 2020 G-7 summit at his personal Florida resort, saying “at the end of the day he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business.”
“He was honestly surprised at the level of pushback,” Mulvaney stated on “Fox News Sunday”. “He saw the opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could and he was very comfortable doing that at Doral and I think we were all surprised by the level of pushback.”
Trump in the end scrapped his plans to host the annual gathering at his Trump National Doral resort in Miami-Dade County after going through immense backlash over ethics considerations. In a Twitter put up Saturday evening, he blamed “irrational hostility” from the media and Democrats for his resolution to search out one other location.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) was amongst these calling the Trump administration’s resolution to host the occasion at a Trump property “brazen,” accusing him of utilizing his workplace “for personal financial gain,” which probably violates the Constitution’s emoluments clause.
Trump, previous to his inauguration, had stated he would depart his enterprise “in total” with the intention to keep away from such ethics considerations, saying: “I feel it is visually important, as president, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses.”
Fox host Chris Wallace pressed Mulvaney on Sunday, noting that Trump is president of the United States and never a businessman.
“Yeah, but it’s his background,” Mulvaney stated. “He’s in the hotel business, or at least he was before he was president.”
“Does he understand that it looked lousy?” Wallace requested.
“I think he knows that people think it looks lousy,” Mulvaney answered.
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