Merkel sidesteps question about Trump hosting G-7 at his resort

Merkel sidesteps question about Trump hosting G-7 at his resort
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sidestepped a question about President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE's decision to host next year's Group of Seven (G-7) summit at his Miami-area golf resort, The Washington Post reports.

Asked about the decision, Merkel paused before responding, "This is a decision taken by the American president."

"I haven’t had time to deal with this yet. We will take a close look at his invitation, and my intention is to attend the summit,” she continued.

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White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyWhite House preparing to ask Congress for funds to combat coronavirus: report Tucker Carlson calls out Mick Mulvaney on immigration remarks: 'Dishonest and stupid' Trump furious after officials allowed Americans with coronavirus to fly home with other passengers: report MORE announced Thursday that Trump would host next year's summit at Trump National Doral, a resort he owns near Miami. Mulvaney defended the decision, saying that officials considered a number of locations before settling on what they determined was the best choice.

"We thought, of the 12 places that we looked at, ... this was by far and away the best choice," Mulvaney said.

The move immediately sparked controversy, with Democrats and watchdog groups saying Trump was seeking to profit off the presidency by bringing world leaders and their business to one of his properties.

Trump critics said it would violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which states that a president cannot receive payments from foreign leaders or governments.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — California monitoring 8,400 people for coronavirus | Pence taps career official to coordinate response | Dems insist on guardrails for funding Overnight Energy: Murkowski, Manchin unveil major energy bill | Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget | GOP lawmaker accuses Trump officials of 'playing politics' over Yucca Mountain Hillicon Valley — Presented by Facebook — Federal court rules tech giants can censor content | Trump upends surveillance fight | Senate passes bill barring federal funds for Huawei equipment MORE (D-Calif.) cited the clause in a tweet on the decision.

According to the Post, European Council President Donald Tusk delivered a more forceful response when asked about whether it was appropriate to spend government funds at Trump's property.

"Not at all," Tusk, who is leaving his post at the end of the year, said.