President Trump on Tuesday attempted to squash rumors that his golf resort in Doral, Florida has bedbugs after he suggested the venue as the host of next year's G-7 summit.
“No bedbugs at Doral," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. "The Radical Left Democrats, upon hearing that the perfectly located (for the next G-7) Doral National MIAMI was under consideration for the next G-7, spread that false and nasty rumor. Not nice!”
Trump, at a press conference in France on Monday, talked up the possibility of Trump National Doral Golf Club hosting the next G-7 summit, touting its close proximity to Miami’s airport and facilities available for the staff of world leaders and the press. A senior administration official told Fox News the next summit is set to be held there.
But just hours after he suggested the property, the hashtag “TrumpBedBugs" began trending on social media, in response to a January 2017 Miami Herald report about claims from a Doral guest in 2016 about waking up with dozens of bed bug bites. The guest sued the resort and reportedly reached a settlement.
Trump has been pushing for months to have his Doral resort host the 2020 G-7 meeting, but his advisers have cautioned against it amid concerns about the ethics of the president personally profiting off an official government event.
“With Doral, we have a series of magnificent buildings, we call them bungalows,” Trump said during the press conference in France. “We have incredible conference rooms, incredible restaurants, it’s, like, such a natural.”
He added: “Each country can have their own villa.”
“My people looked at 12 sites,” Trump said Monday. “They went to places all over the country and came back and said ‘this is the place.’”
Trump said on Monday that he would not be making any money off the next G-7 meeting, adding that he has lost “billions” of dollars since becoming president from missed financial opportunities.
“I used to make money off giving speeches. Now, I make speeches all the time and you know how much I make? Zero,” Trump said.
The president added: “From my standpoint, I’m not going to make any money…I don’t want to make any money.”
Fox News' Andrew O'Reilly and John Roberts contributed to this report.