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

Acting 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 on Sunday said he thinks President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE knows the decision to host the Group of Seven (G-7) summit at his Doral golf resort looked "lousy."

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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) WallacePublic health officials warn of grim days ahead: 'This next week is going to look bad' Whitmer: Lack of national coronavirus strategy 'creating a more porous situation' Bill Gates: Coronavirus numbers will likely plateau by month's end if we quarantine 'well enough' 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!"