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Trump Defends Pitch To Host G7 Summit At His Miami Property

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Phillip Nieto Contributor

President Trump defended his idea Monday to host the next G-7 Summit at his Doral resort in Miami, Florida.

“Doral happens to be within Miami. It’s a city, it’s a wonderful place. It’s a very, very successful area of Florida. It’s very importantly only five minutes from the airport – the airport is right next door. It’s a big international airport, one of the biggest in the world,” Trump said to reporters during a G-7 Summit press conference. (RELATED: World Leaders At G7 Summit Coalesce Around Empty Chair As Trump Skips Climate Change Session)


Trump added that he doesn’t care about making a profit; alleging that he’s already lost out on $3- 5 billion since becoming president citing, “a combination of loss and opportunity.”

“From my standpoint, I’m not going to make any money,” Trump said on Monday. “In my opinion, I’m not going to make any money. I don’t want to make money. I don’t care about making money.”

France’s President Emmanuel Macron (R) and US President Donald Trump shake hands during a joint-press conference in Biarritz, south-west France on August 26, 2019, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world’s seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. (Photo by ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

“My people looked at 12 sites — all good — but some were two hours from an airport, some were four hours,” the president said. “Some didn’t allow this, some didn’t allow that. With Doral, we have a series of magnificent buildings, we call them bungalows, they each hold 50 to 70 — very luxurious rooms with magnificent rooms. We have incredible conference rooms, incredible restaurants.”

He continued, “It’s like such a natural — We even wouldn’t have to do the work they’ve done here, and they’ve done such a beautiful job.”

In concluding remarks the president noted, “It’s not about me, it’s about getting the right location.”