Trump Has Awarded Contract For Next Year’s G-7 Summit To His Own Golf Resort
The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump has awarded the contract for next year’s G-7 summit of world leaders to his own golf resort in Florida, according to The Washington Post.
Trump’s decision “will bring hundreds of diplomats, media and security personnel to Trump’s financially struggling resort — where profits fell 70 percent after Trump entered politics,” The Post noted.
Also noteworthy is the fact that this is the first time in U.S. history that a president has granted such a huge contract to himself, as Trump still owns the Miami-area Trump Doral resort and continues to draw profit from the property.
The Post reported that the last time the U.S. was in charge of hosting the event, which is rotated between the seven member countries and the European Union, then-President Barack Obama opted to hold the summit at Camp David.
Trump previously indicated he might choose his own resort for the location, saying at this year’s G-7 summit in France that he was told Doral would be the best place to hold the gathering.
“They went to places all over the country, and they came back and they said, ‘This is where we’d like to be,’ ” Trump said at the time. “It’s not about me. It’s about getting the right location.” He made particular note of the resort’s plentiful parking.
The president’s decision to award Doral the contract will likely fuel allegations that he is using the office to further his own financial interests.