During a White House press briefing, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced that the 2020 G7 summit will be held at Trump National in Doral, Florida,from June 10-12.
"We used the same set of criteria that previous administrations have used," Mulvaney said. He said Doral was "far and away the best physical facility for this meeting."
When asked by reporters, Mulvaney defended hosting the 2020 G7 at Doral, saying that Trump will not be profiting in "any way, shape or form." Similarly, when asked about the promotional value inherit in hosting the event at a property Trump owns, Mulvaney said, "I've heard that before ... I would simply ask you all to consider the possibility that Donald Trump's brand is already strong enough on its own," he claimed.
Mulvaney, who in recent weeks has come under scrutiny for his involvement in the Ukraine scandal, also responded to questions from reporters about whether hosting the event at Doral was the kind of abuse of power that Trump had accused former Vice President Joe Biden recently.
“There’s no profit here, clearly there’s profit with the Bidens,” Mulvaney said.
Trump has received criticism in the past for hosting foreign leaders, including China's President Xi Jinping, at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida.
Former White House Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub told CNN when the idea of holding the meeting at Doral was first floated in August that it would be a conflict of interest.
"This is a conflict of interest because he's going to benefit by the outcome of this. In fact, if he was any federal employee other than the president of the United States, it would be a crime for him to be involved in this activity," Shaub said. "He's exempt from the criminal conflict of interest law but that wasn't intended as a perk of high office and it was expected that he would act as though he were covered by it."
The G-7, or Group of Seven, is an informal intergovernmental organization of seven countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. It meets annually to discuss pressing global economic issues.
The presidency of the G-7 rotates. The United States takes the role in January.