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Opportunity Lost With Rejection of G-7 Doral Summit

Opportunity Lost With Rejection of G-7 Doral Summit
A sign is seen near an entrance to the Trump National Doral golf resort owned by U.S. President Donald Trump's company on October 17, 2019 in Doral, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Michael Dorstewitz By Monday, 21 October 2019 12:24 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Democrats’ and media’s over-the-top, knee-jerk reaction to President Donald Trump’s announcement Thursday that the 2020 Group of Seven (G-7) international economic summit would be held at his Trump National Doral resort in Miami, forced the president into reversing that decision two days later.

And it was an opportunity lost, and in the end will hurt no one but the United States and “the little guy” — that struggling middle-class person, whose cause the Democratic Party professes to champion.

The logistics of using the Doral were perfect:

  • It’s within minutes of Miami International Airport;
  • The resort has numerous meeting and ballroom facilities;
  • Each of the seven nations would have its own large, multiple-unit building separate from the others, to house their delegates; and,
  • Recreational facilities, including a championship golf course, would be available to the participants between meetings.

And best of all, the whole shebang was being offered at cost — the president wouldn’t have made a dime on the deal.

It was also a natural extension of another Trump role: In addition to being a builder and businessman, the president is the consummate host, with multiple hotels, casinos, and resorts bearing his name.

Response was swift. “Pounce” is the word most often used to describe reaction to any decision made by the 45th president, no matter how benign. And the left pounced when Trump announced his G-7 venue proposal.

“He is doubling down on his corruption,” ethics lawyer Kathleen Clark of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis told The Associated Press. “He’s daring anyone to prevent him from further enriching himself from the presidency.”

Most of the criticism claimed Trump would somehow profit from the venture, in violation of the emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution, despite the president’s “at cost” promise.

Democratic lawmakers Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York raised that very issue.

“It’s so brazen and craven,” Blumenthal said. “It’s virtually saying, ‘To heck with the rule of law.’”

Nadler claimed, “The emolument clauses of the Constitution exist to prevent exactly this kind of corruption.”

An “emolument” is a payment or profit that arises by virtue of a person’s title, rank, or office.

Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution provides that no officeholder may receive “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title” from a foreign power without congressional approval.

Article II, Section 1, Clause 7 is a domestic emolument clause, prohibiting the president from receiving any compensation for his services from any of the states or the United States other than his salary established by law.

In this case the president initially said he would do it “at cost,” giving himself no profit from the venture. He later said he’d provide the facilities at no cost — meaning a loss to the Trump family. But that didn’t end the squabbling — his critics believed surely he had something sneaky up his sleeve.

Trump surrendered to his critics late Saturday night.

“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders,” he tweeted. “It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!"

So who are the biggest losers as a result?

The Doral’s maids, chefs, line cooks, servers, hotel, and golf course staff, for one. The G-7 is scheduled for June 10 through June 12, which is Florida’s tourist off-season. The income the Doral’s employees would have derived in the form of tips from the world’s leaders will be lost forever — at a time when it would have been the most welcomed.

The United States is another loser. The country will have lost the chance to show the world’s greatest economies that it’s a generous and gracious host.

No matter how ideal the Doral would have been as a venue for the summit, Trump should have predicted the firestorm it would provoke. On the other hand, the president’s critics shouldn’t have been so eager to condemn it out of hand.

It’s an opportunity lost due to Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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No matter how ideal the Doral would have been as a venue for the summit, Trump should have predicted the firestorm it would provoke. On the other hand, the president’s critics shouldn’t have been so eager to condemn it out of hand.
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Monday, 21 October 2019 12:24 PM
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