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Again “DUDE, It is not about you! The idea that You saved the government $35,000,000 indicates that the several meetings with other leaders held previously did cost the country (voters) money. MA

Allan Smith
7 hrs ago
President Donald Trump on Sunday complained that “very stupid people” were opposed to holding next year’s Group of Seven summit at his Miami golf resort in a tweet that came just weeks after he publicly backed away from the proposal.
“Too bad we didn’t have the G-7 here,” Trump tweeted, noting that Trump National Doral Miami was named Golf.com’s resort of the week. “I offered to pick up the entire cost, would have saved at least $35,000,000 for the USA. Best location. Very stupid people thought I would gain. Wrong! Looking at Camp David. Will announce soon.”
Last month, Trump announced that the Miami resort was no longer under consideration to host the international summit, tweeting he “thought” he “was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders.” The president added that Doral had many advantages, including “tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms,” and that hosting the event would come “at ZERO COST to the USA.”
Trump first floated the idea of holding the G-7 in Miami during this year’s summit in Biarritz, France. The idea came under immediate criticism that he was seeking to personally profit off the presidency, an issue that has come up repeatedly during Trump’s tenure due to his frequent visits to Trump-owned and Trump-branded properties.
Trump is the subject of multiple lawsuits and congressional investigations accusing him of either using his office for financial gain or violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which bars any cash or gifts from foreign government officials to the president that are not otherwise approved by Congress. In August, the House Judiciary Committee announced it would probe efforts to hold the G-7 at Doral.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday” in October that Trump “still considers himself to be in the hospitality business,” and that the president was “honestly surprised at the level of pushback.”
“At the end of the day he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could, and he was very comfortable doing that at Doral,” Mulvaney said. “I think we were all surprised at the level of pushback. I think it’s the right decision to change and we’ll have to find someplace else and my guess is we’ll find someplace else the media won’t like for another reason.

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Again this administration is serving its own interest in the world and at home. The world’s biggest sucker is again being played by other world leaders who recognize the fact that his ego will allow them to use him as a pawn. As we all know pawns are expendable. MA

 
Carlin Becker. The Examiner
11 hrs ago
Sen. Lindsey Graham confirmed that he blocked a resolution that would have formally recognized Turkey’s Armenian genocide at the request of the White House.
After Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Trump and a group of Republican senators in the Oval Office on Nov. 13, Graham rushed back to the Senate floor and blocked the resolution. Prior to his return to the Senate, a senior White House official told him that Sen. Bob Menendez was planning to present the resolution and asked if Graham could “please object.”
“After the meeting, we kind of huddled up and talked about what happened,” the South Carolina Republican told Axios on Sunday. “I said, sure. The only reason I did it is because he [Erdogan] was still in town. … That would’ve been poor timing. I’m trying to salvage the relationship if possible.”
When asked if he was uncomfortable with the request, Graham said, “Yeah. Because I like Bob [Menendez]. He’s been working on this for years, but I did think with the president of Turkey in town that was probably more than the market would bear.”
He added, “I’m not going to object next time.”
Erdogan likely would have been infuriated had the resolution passed, but senators got their chance to do just that last week when Menendez and Sen. Ted Cruz introduced the resolution again. This time, the White House asked Republican Sen. David Perdue to block it.
“Senator Perdue objected due to concerns that passage of the resolution would jeopardize the sensitive negotiations going on in the region with Turkey and other allies,” a Perdue representative told Axios.
The Trump administration has been trying to convince Turkey to surrender its Russian-made S-400 air defense system. As the negotiations continue, White House officials are trying to block Congress from condemning Turkey’s human rights atrocities. Despite the delay in the Senate, the resolution passed in the house last month.

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