WHITE HOUSE - Next year's Group of Seven leaders' summit will be held at one of U.S. President Donald Trump's properties in the state of Florida.
In making the announcement Thursday, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney defended the site selection process from immediate criticism that Trump will personally benefit from hosting the major event at one of his resorts.
"How is this not an emoluments violation?" he said, anticipating reporters' questions. "They're doing this at cost," Mulvaney explained, which makes it "dramatically cheaper" to be held at Doral rather than at any of the other finalist sites, including two in Utah and one in Hawaii, that senior officials visited to determine the best one.
The 320-hectare resort is 13 kilometers from Miami International Airport and has nearly 643 guest rooms. Doral, built in the early 1960s, was purchased out of bankruptcy by Trump's company in 2012.
"Donald Trump's brand is probably strong enough as it is, and he doesn't need any more help on that. It's the most recognizable name in the English language and probably around the world right now," according to Mulvaney. "There's no issue here on him profiting from this."
It is an issue, according to members of the opposition Democratic Party.
"This is corruption, plain and simple," responded one of the leading Democratic presidential candidates, Senator Elizabeth Warren.
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