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 TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press 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 SanfordTrump challenger Bill Weld rules out 2020 independent bid Judge throws out lawsuit against South Carolina GOP for canceling 2020 primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field MORE (R), former Illinois Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshLimbaugh on Buttigieg: 'America's still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage' Bill Weld secures one Iowa delegate in longshot primary challenge to Trump Pence to make swing through New Hampshire on eve of primary MORE (R) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldGOP governor endorses Weld in Vermont primary Trump wins New Hampshire Republican primary The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden leaving New Hampshire early as voting underway 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 MulvaneyTrump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request Scaramucci thanks John Kelly for speaking up against Trump Trump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' MORE, who announced the decision. 

"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.

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"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.