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) MenendezSenate passes legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters Graham blocks resolution recognizing Armenian genocide after Erdoğan meeting Trump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden 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 Biden2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul 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 MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyLive coverage: House holds third day of public impeachment hearings Impeachment witness: Ukraine 'gradually came to understand that they were being asked to do something' Impeachment guide: The 9 witnesses testifying this week 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.