Donald Trump said the U.S. will host next year’s Group of Seven gathering at Camp David in Maryland, after earlier plans to hold the summit at the president’s personal resort were widely criticized.
“It will be at Camp David, which is a place that people like,” Trump said Tuesday during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in London, where the leaders were taking part in a summit to commemorate the 70th anniversary of NATO.
Trump in October reversed a decision to host the 2020 meeting at his Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami after being blasted by Republicans, Democrats and ethics experts for using a major government event to steer taxpayer cash toward his financially struggling property.
Critics decried the move as a blatant misuse of authority, and the latest example that he is violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which prohibits U.S. officials from receiving payments or gifts from foreign governments.
The 46th G7 meeting — which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. — is scheduled for June 2020. Former President Barack Obama also hosted the 2012 G8 summit — when the group included Russia — at Camp David, the presidential retreat in western Maryland.