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The summit will bring global publicity, as well as solidly booked rooms filled with hundreds of diplomats, their security, and press to the struggling Trump National Doral Miami resort. Profits at the Trump-owned golf club reportedly fell 70 percent after Trump began his run for president. The last time the G7 Summit was held in the United States, President Obama hosted international leaders at Camp David in Maryland, the government-owned retreat traditionally used by the White House for diplomatic affairs.
Mulvaney also addressed criticism that the decision will benefit the Trump brand: “Donald Trump’s brand is probably strong enough as it is,” Mulvaney told reporters. “Doesn’t need any more help on that. It is most recognizable name in the English language and probably around the world.”