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 TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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 MulvaneyDefense official testifies Ukraine was aware of issues with aid in July Sondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Senate eyes sending stopgap spending bill back to House | Sondland delivers bombshell impeachment testimony | Pentagon deputy says he didn't try to block official's testimony 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 PelosiKlobuchar shuts down idea a woman can't beat Trump: 'Pelosi does it every day' Budowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal 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.