Senate Democrat on G-7: 'A global summit should not be used to generate profits for the President'

Senate Democrat on G-7: 'A global summit should not be used to generate profits for the President'
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After it was announced the Group of 7 (G-7) summit would be held at President Trump's resort near Miami, top Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrat Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezHillicon Valley: Facebook launches portal for coronavirus information | EU sees spike in Russian misinformation on outbreak | Senate Dem bill would encourage mail-in voting | Lawmakers question safety of Google virus website Democratic senators press Google over privacy of coronavirus screening site Menendez calls for 'Marie Yovanovitch bill' to protect foreign service employees MORE (N.J.) urged the White House to reconsider. 

"A global summit should not be used to generate profits for the President or his family, or as a branding exercise," Menendez wrote in a letter to Trump on Thursday. 

He also pointed to other recent controversial foreign policy moves by the president such as his withdrawal of troops from northern Syria and his request of Ukraine to investigate Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders exits, clearing Biden's path to nomination Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left MORE

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“At a time when the U.S. role as a global leader is hanging by a thread—marred by your actions with regard to Ukraine, Syria and weaponizing U.S. foreign assistance as a tool for your own political gain, what we need now is to restore confidence in global leadership, not undermine it,” he wrote. 

“I urge to not proceed with holding the G7 at a property that would benefit you and your family personally, and would only further erode U.S. leadership and anti-corruption efforts around the world,” Menendez added. 

White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOne year in, Democrats frustrated by fight for Trump tax returns Meadows joins White House in crisis mode Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE announced Thursday that the Doral, Fla., resort would be the site of the meeting of global leaders. He said that Trump would not profit from the event. 

"I get the criticisms. So does [Trump] … but no, there’s no issue here on him profiting from this in any way, shape or form," Mulvaney said. "If you think it's going to help his brand, that's great, but I would suggest that he doesn't need much help promoting his brand."

He also said it would be "dramatically cheaper” to host the event at the hotel because it agreed to hold the G-7 at cost.