Trump will host G7 summit next year at one of his own properties

White House says there is 'no issue' on Trump profiting from 'this in any way' despite ethics watchdog concerns.

    This June 2, 2017 frame from video shows the Trump National Doral in Florida [File: Alex Sanz/AP]
    This June 2, 2017 frame from video shows the Trump National Doral in Florida [File: Alex Sanz/AP]

    The White House said on Thursday it has chosen President Donald Trump's golf resort near Miami, Florida, as the site for next year's G7 summit.

    The announcement comes at the same time that the president has accused Joe Biden's family of profiting from public office because of Hunter Biden's business activities in Ukraine when his father was vice president.

    The G7 summit will be held from June 10 to 12 at the Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, Florida. The idea of holding the event at Trump's resort has been criticised by government ethics watchdogs.

    Trump has touted his resort, saying it is close to the airport, has plenty of hotel rooms and offers separate buildings for every delegation.

    A team looking at the sites reported that it was "the perfect physical location to do this", acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said. He said about a dozen potential sites were narrowed to a list of four finalists before Doral was selected.

    "It's almost like they built this facility to host this type of event," Mulvaney said.

    Holding the event at Doral would also be dramatically cheaper than other sites, he said.

    "There's no issue here on him profiting from this in any way, shape or form," Mulvaney said.

    The United States has hosted the summit before in Puerto Rico; Williamsburg, Virginia; Houston; Denver; Sea Island, Georgia; and Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

    SOURCE: News agencies