How Trump has already profited from the Doral G-7 flap

An hour before Trump's announcement Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the selection of Doral for the summit

An hour before Trump's announcement Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the selection of Doral for the summit

Then Mulvaney went on tv Sunday to defend his boss in effusive phrases - and ended up making a brand new problematic remark. "The first one was the rampant corruption in Ukraine". 'I think it's the right decision to change and we'll have to find someplace else and my guess is we'll find someplace else the media won't like for another reason'. So corruption's a big deal.

For Mick Mulvaney, the hits simply carry on coming.

To the editor: What if the White House held the G-7 summit at the Trump property in Florida, and nobody came? The whereabouts of the computer is part of a debunked theory that Ukraine had meddled in the 2016 election, and not Russian Federation, as the US intelligence community concluded.

'Yeah, but it's his background, ' Mulvaney said, adding, 'he's in the hotel business, or at least he was before he was president'.

Acting White House budget director Russell Vought said both he and Michael Duffey, associate director for national security programs at the Office of Management and Budget, would not provide depositions to the committees leading the inquiry.

Mulvaney has denied admitting a quid pro quo.

Another round of crucial testimony in the inquiry is set for this week, including by Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, on Tuesday.

Carrie Cordero, former counsel to the USA assistant attorney general, said the emoluments clause is clearly not "phony" because it's "right there" in the Constitution. There is no evidence that Trump lost billions since he became president.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence announced a five-day cease-fire agreement in Syria that would leave Turkey in control of a wide swath of Syrian territory, force US -allied Kurdish militias to withdraw and require the drop its newly imposed sanctions against Turkey.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a video and "fact sheet" that may give hints about articles of impeachment - formal charges - Democrats may pursue against Republican Trump, accusing him of abuse of power, a "shakedown" involving Ukraine and a cover-up.

Sondland told the investigators he was disappointed that Trump directed diplomats to work with Giuliani on Ukraine matters.

The president said on Monday at a Cabinet meeting that any alternative to Doral will not make for as grand a summit.

He said the diplomats who worked with Giuliani did not know "until much later" that Giuliani would push for a probe of Biden "or to involve Ukrainians, directly or indirectly, in the president's 2020 re-election campaign". "There's going to be political influence in foreign policy". "I did not and would not ever participate in such undertakings". "Withholding foreign aid in order to pressure a foreign government to take such steps would be wrong".