White House Chief of Staff: Trump Still Thinks He’s in the Hospitality Business

By Jesse Sokolow on 20 October 2019
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DSC_0313 (3)President Trump, who said on Saturday he would no longer hold the Group of 7 meeting at the Trump National Doral Miami resort he owns, still considers himself to be in the hospitality business, his acting chief of staff said.

“He was honestly surprised at the level of pushback” from the decision to use his own hotel, said White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on the television program Fox News Sunday.

“At the end of the day, he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business, and he saw an 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 confident of doing that at Doral,” he said.

The G7 is an organization comprised of the world’s seven most advanced economies, namely Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The decision to hold the meeting at the Doral was made by Mulvaney on Thursday at a White House news conference.  It was quickly attacked by lawmakers and ethics experts alike, largely due to what would be an apparent violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits government officials from receiving salaries, fees, or profits from foreign and domestic governments without congressional approval.

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