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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) MenendezDemocrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff Democratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Trump appointee sparks bipartisan furor for politicizing media agency 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 BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force 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 MulvaneyMick Mulvaney 'concerned' by Giuliani role in Trump election case On The Money: Senate releases spending bills, setting up talks for December deal | McConnell pushing for 'highly targeted' COVID deal | CFPB vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency Consumer bureau vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency 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.