AP report: Trump promotes his own resort Doral for next G7 (video)

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AP report: Trump promotes his own resort Doral for next G7 (video)Government ethics watchdogs have long railed against the perils of Trump earning money off the presidency and hosting foreign leaders at his properties

MIAMI — President Donald Trump was in full sales mode Monday, doing everything but pass out brochures as he touted the features that would make the Doral golf resort the ideal place for the next G-7 Summit — close to the airport, plenty of hotel rooms, separate buildings for every delegation, even top facilities for the media, according to AP.

There’s just one detail he left out: He owns the place.

Government ethics watchdogs have long railed against the perils of Trump earning money off the presidency and hosting foreign leaders at his properties. But they argue Trump’s proposal to bring world leaders to his Miami-area resort takes the conflict of interest to a whole new level because, unlike stays at his Washington, they would have no choice but to spend money at his property.

“It’s ethics violation squared,” claimed Kathleen Clark of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Added Larry Noble, a previous general counsel at the Federal Election Commission, “This is him making it perfectly mandatory that they stay at his resort.”

Trump’s proposal at the current G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France, portrayed the Doral resort in the most positive terms, even though he said later he was more interested in logistics for the meeting than making money.

“We have a series of magnificent buildings … very luxurious rooms,” Trump told reporters. “We have incredible conference rooms, incredible restaurants, it’s like — it’s like such a natural.”

The president's pitch comes as several lawsuits accusing Trump of violating the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bans gifts from foreign governments, wind their way through the courts.

It also comes as Doral, by far the largest revenue generator among the Trump Organization’s 17 golf properties, appears to have taken a hit from Trump’s move into politics.

 Read more at thenationalherald.com

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