GOP presidential challengers condemn decision to host G-7 at Trump resort

GOP presidential challengers condemn decision to host G-7 at Trump resort
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE's challengers for the Republican presidential nomination condemned the Thursday announcement that the Group of 7 (G-7) summit will be held at Trump's Doral, Fla., resort.

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark SanfordMark SanfordThe Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Michigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire MORE (R), former Illinois Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire Mark Sanford exits GOP presidential primary MORE (R) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE (R) all tweeted their distaste for the decision. 

"Republicans would be going nuts if a #Democrat President were proposing to host the #G7 at their resort. This is corrupt," tweeted Sanford. 

Weld and Walsh also criticized Trump over the Ukraine scandal in addition to the G-7 summit news.  

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"Between awarding the G-7 Summit to his own hotel & his acting chief of staff’s 'Get over it' admission that @realDonaldTrump withheld funds from Ukraine for his own political purposes, we have a POTUS wearing his abuses of power on his sleeve and daring us to stop him," Weld wrote. 

Walsh  slammed acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDemocrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Impeachment guide: The 9 witnesses testifying this week The Hill's Morning Report - Week two of public impeachment testimony MORE, who announced the decision. 

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"The Mick Mulvaney I knew would’ve abhorred this G-7/Doral corruption. Then again, the Mick Mulvaney I knew cared about the debt & deficits when Obama was President," Walsh tweeted.

"He just announced that foreign governments must put $ in his pockets to attend next year’s G-7. He admitted to a quid pro quo with Ukraine. He acknowledged telling China & Ukraine to interfere in our elections. Republicans, will you say nothing? Have you no sense of decency?" he added. 

 

Mulvaney on Thursday also linked Trump's withholding of aid to Ukraine to investigations into the 2016 election. 

When asked if there was a quid pro quo involved in the release of aid to Ukraine, Mulvaney said, “I have news for everybody. Get over it. There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy ... that’s going to happen. Elections have consequences.”

House Democrats have launched an impeachment probe into Trump's dealings with Ukraine. 

Walsh, Sanford and Weld have an uphill battle, as Trump has seen broad support from Republicans in the polls. A few state Republican parties have also canceled their primaries in support of Trump.