Mulvaney says he thinks Trump knows people thought Doral decision looked 'lousy'

Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyFauci says positive White House task force reports don't always match what he hears on the ground Bottom line White House, Senate GOP clash over testing funds MORE on Sunday said he thinks President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE knows the decision to host the Group of Seven (G-7) summit at his Doral golf resort looked "lousy."


Mulvaney offered the view on "Fox New Sunday" after being asked about Trump's reversal of his decision on Saturday night.

Mulvaney announced on Thursday that Trump had reversed his initial decision to host the event at his Doral resort, a move that was criticized by lawmakers in both parties who said it would make it appear, in the least, that the president was profiting from the event.

Fox's Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump teases order requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions When will telling the truth in politics matter again? Trump downplays COVID-19's mortality rate in US MORE asked Mulvaney if Trump comprehended that the plan to host the G-7 at his resort "looked lousy."

"I think he knows. He thinks people think it looks lousy," Mulvaney told Wallace.

Mulvaney described Trump as being "surprised" by the "level of pushback."

The acting chief of staff defended the president's decision, saying the administration could have made an "excellent" summit for the G-7 members and that Trump still "considers himself to be in the hospitality business."

The administration has also repeatedly insisted that Trump would not have made money from the event.

The president announced his reversal in a tweet sent late Saturday, saying he "thought I was doing something very good for our Country." He criticized the "Hostile Media" and "their Democrat Partners" of going "CRAZY!"