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Trump touts own resort for next G7 summit

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Published on August 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:47s

Trump touts own resort for next G7 summit

President Trump has raised eyebrows by suggesting the next G7 summit should be held at Doral, a golf resort he owns in Miami, Florida.

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Trump touts own resort for next G7 summit

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would probably host next year's Group of Seven summit of developed world leaders at one of his own properties - the Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami.

The G7 countries take it in turn to stage the summit, often choosing locations that show off areas of natural beauty.

Trump said the Florida resort was a perfect choice, both due to its size and the fact it was just a five-minute drive from Miami airport.

"They love the location of the hotel, they also like the fact is it right next to the airport for convenience.

And it is Miami, Doral, Miami, so it is a great area," he said during this year's summit in the French coastal town of Biarritz.

He said a final decision had yet to be taken, but added: "We haven't had anything that could even come close to competing with it, especially when you look at the location." Trump has attended three G7 summits, in Italy, Canada and France.

On each occasion, the meeting has been held far from any airport that can take his Airforce One plane, meaning he has had to be shuttled in by helicopter or by a smaller plane.

"So many places are so far away, the drive is so long, they need helicopters.

This is somewhere you can be at within minutes of landing," he said.

Although he did not like the fact he had to swap planes in France, Trump praised the set-up in Biarritz, at a conference centre overlooking the Atlantic.

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