President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that he is “possibly” looking at hosting the next G7 summit at his Trump National Doral Miami Golf Resort, and while there are many reasons to discuss this possibility, one is more interesting — even if less significant — than the rest.
In 2016, a guest at the resort sued “after his back, face and arms were devoured by voracious bed bugs at the revamped resort,” according to the Miami Herald.
New Jersey insurance executive Eric Linder woke up in Trump’s luxury resort in March 2016 with dozens of itchy bumps all over his head, arms and torso. The 63-year-old filed suit against the resort later that year, including “photos of his back and neck riddled with red blotches after he slept at the resort’s $300-a-night Jack Nicklaus-themed villa.”
Doral responded that it was Linder’s fault he was nearly eaten alive by bedbugs at the president’s resort, saying the man “conducted himself so carelessly and negligently that his conduct was the sole proximate cause or contributing cause” of the bug bites.
The parties reached a settlement in 2017.
While Trump was meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G7 in Biarritz, France, on Monday, he said officials “haven’t found anything that’s even close to competing with” Trump Doral, though he said he has yet to reach a decision on a location for the summit.
The president later insisted that it was not for self-serving reasons that he might choose to have world leaders gather at his resort, telling reporters, “It’s not about me, it’s about getting the right location.”
Trump’s comments have already drawn criticism back at home.