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 TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address 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 MulvaneyMick MulvaneySupreme Court ruling could unleash new legal challenges to consumer bureau Bottom line White House goes through dizzying change in staff 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 PelosiOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' 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.