Mayor sends letter to President Trump, asks that he 'consider hosting 2020 G7' in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Sunday, Oct. 20 sent a letter to President Donald Trump, asking that he consider Milwaukee as a host for the 2020 G7 meeting. The 46th G7 summit will be held June 10 through June 12, 2020. Milwaukee will play host to the 2020 Democratic National Convention July 13 through July 16, 2020.

The letter is as follows:

October 20, 2019
The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The City of Milwaukee invites you to consider hosting the 2020 Group of 7 (G7) meeting in our community. It would be an opportunity to show the world America’s Fresh Coast – a Great Lakes city that is growing in this strong economy, reinventing itself through innovation and investment, and building on its established high quality of life.

In the decades since the G7 was organized, the United States has hosted meetings in a number of locations, but it has never brought the G7 to the Midwest.

Wisconsin presents depth and diversity exemplified by a strong urban center in Milwaukee, thriving suburban communities, and rural areas that face economic challenges that are, at times, exacerbated by international trade issues. Whether it’s manufacturing, agriculture, or technology, Wisconsin has important lessons to share globally.

This region is not dominated by one political party which reflects Wisconsin’s status as a “purple” state.

In fact, Milwaukee County is represented by four members of Congress, one Democrat, and three Republicans. We are in an excellent position to demonstrate a complete picture of the America’s society and economy.

I can assure you of full cooperation from Milwaukee’s hospitality businesses and other local companies.

You would also have all appropriate support from local government for a G7 meeting here. Security preparations are well advanced as southeastern Wisconsin is already planning for both the Democratic National Convention and the Ryder Cup later next year.

Yes, Milwaukee would be an ideal location for the upcoming G7 gathering, and I strongly encourage you to bring the G7 meeting here."

President Trump drops plan to host G7 at his Doral, Florida golf resort

Responding to stinging criticism, President Donald Trump on Saturday, Oct. 19 abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders' meeting at his Doral, Florida, golf resort next year.

President Trump announced a rare backtrack Saturday night after facing accusations that he was using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the international summit at a private resort owned by his family.

"Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020," President Trump tweeted. He said his administration "will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately."

The striking reversal raises further doubts about the position of the president's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, who held a press conference Thursday announcing the choice of Doral for the summit. He insisted his staff had concluded it was "far and away the best physical facility." Mulvaney said the White House reached that determination after visiting 10 sites across the country.

In the same press conference, Mulvaney acknowledged a quid pro quo was at work when President Trump held up U.S. aid to Ukraine in exchange for Ukraine's investigation of Democrats and the 2016 elections. Mulvaney later claimed his comments had been misconstrued, but not before drawing the ire of the president and frustration from other senior aides.

President Trump had been the first administration official to publicly float the selection of his property to host the summit when in August he mentioned it was on the short-list and praised its facilities and proximity to Miami's international airport. His comments, more than a month before the official announcement, drew instant criticism from good governance groups and Democrats, who said it raised concerns that President Trump was using the White House to boost his personal finances

The vociferous criticism did not die down, even as President Trump insisted he would host the summit at cost, though he refused to disclose financial details. The annual heads-of-state gathering would at minimum have provided good-will value to his property.

Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said President Trump's reversal Saturday "is a bow to reality, but does not change how astonishing it was that a president ever thought this was appropriate, or that it was something he could get away with."

An hour before President Trump's announcement, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the selection of Doral for the summit. "Hosting the G7 at Trump's hotel? A president should never be able to use the office for personal gain," the former vice president said.

On Thursday, Mulvaney had discounted Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat, as the site for the summit, claiming, "I understand the folks who participated in it hated it and thought it was a miserable place to have the G-7." He added that it was too small and remote for the international summit.

Mulvaney said then that unspecified sites in Hawaii and Utah had also been on the shortlist. It was unclear if they were still under consideration.