Trump Proposes His Doral Resort for Next G7, Promises No Bedbugs

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We ran the numbers: There are 311 news articles covering this topic. 42% (130) are left leaning, 43% (133) center, 15% (48) right leaning.

After returning from this year’s G7 meeting in France earlier this week, President Trump has expressed a desire to host the next G7 summit at his own luxury golf resort in Doral, Florida. Soon after Trump announced his proposal, a 2017 lawsuit against the property surfaced, in which a former guest alleged that he had been bitten by bedbugs during his stay there. On Monday, #TrumpBedBugs began to trend on Twitter. This has been a big week for bedbugs in general, as the New York Times on Monday said that it had found evidence of bedbugs in its newsroom. Conservative Times columnist Bret Stephens reacted on Twitter after being called a bedbug by a reader, leading to a drama after which Stephens quit Twitter.

A left-leaning article from the Washington Post highlights the unprecedented nature of Trump’s desire to host the G7 meetings at his personal resort. The article reports that while Trump denies the presence of bedbugs in the resort and the lawsuit was effectively settled, inspectors have found other problems with the property. For instance, there were several incidents of insects in the kitchen, hygiene issues at the property’s sports bar, and improper food storage in the bungalows. However, the article does note that the resort performed significantly better this year, saying “The near-perfect grade this year could be a reflection of Trump’s mission to host the 2020 G-7 summit at his resort, which one of his company representatives said last year has “severely” underperformed compared to others in the area.”

A right-leaning article from Fox News takes a significantly different tack, focusing on Stephens’s bedbug drama and Trump’s reaction to it. The article opens “President Trump slammed New York Times columnist Bret Stephens on Tuesday night, suggesting he's "loaded up" with bedbugs — not his properties.” The article adds that Trump is blaming “Radical Left Democrats” for spreading “nasty rumors” about bedbugs at the Doral resort. The article also explains Stephens’s Twitter kerfuffle after being called a bedbug.

Centrist coverage from The Hill also relates the details of the 2017 Doral lawsuit, as well as Trump’s accusation that the bedbugs were a rumor spread by his political rivals. The article also quotes from Trump’s remarks in France before leaving this year’s G7, in which he boasted at length about the Doral resort. Additionally, the article reads “The president's desire to hold a gathering of the most prominent world leaders at one of his family's properties alarmed Democrats and watchdogs, who said it would be an attempt to enrich the Trump business and constitute a violation of federal ethics laws.”