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

Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDemocrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Impeachment guide: The 9 witnesses testifying this week The Hill's Morning Report - Week two of public impeachment testimony MORE on Sunday said he thinks President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed 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) WallaceFox's Neil Cavuto rips into Trump over attacks on Chris Wallace's impeachment coverage Trump rips 'nasty' and 'obnoxious' Chris Wallace after he presses Scalise about impeachment Scalise: Louisiana defeat doesn't make Trump 'look bad' 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!"